Free spaces for west coast teenagers aboard whale survey vessel

This is a fantastic opportunity for young adults to gain fantastic experience and have an awesome time aboard the research vessel, Silurian, pictured here. Photograph: HWDT. NO F24 whales and dolphins 04
This is a fantastic opportunity for young adults to gain fantastic experience and have an awesome time aboard the research vessel, Silurian, pictured here. Photograph: HWDT. NO F24 whales and dolphins 04

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Two west coast teenagers are being sought to join a whale research expedition vessel this August – completely free.

This is a fantastic opportunity for young adults to gain experience aboard the research vessel Silurian, exploring Hebridean seas and gathering important data on whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks in the area.

The winners, who have to live in the west coast of Scotland, will be the guests of the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust (HWDT), which monitors Scottish whales, dolphins and porpoises from on board Silurian.

Thanks to generous sponsorship, HWDT says it can offer two spaces to young adults, aged 16 or 17, who have an interest in the marine environment, on the expedition from August 2 to August 8.

No experience is required to join the live-aboard expedition, as training will be provided in all aspects of the trip by the four crew members onboard.

All meals are provided and the teenagers will share twin-berth cabins. This is a once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet like-minded people and share in a truly unforgettable experience.

A wide range of marine life can be spotted from the research vessel, Silurian. NO-F24-whales-and-dolphins-01
A wide range of marine life can be spotted from the research vessel, Silurian.
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One of the sponsored places on board has been made possible by the Suggitt family, in memory of their son Henry, a passionate young conservationist who was due to study
zoology with marine biology at Bangor University but tragically died a week before he was due to start the course.

HWDT says it is grateful to the Suggitt family and to Jane Kang, who has also generously sponsored a teenager to join the expedition in August.

‘Young people are so engaged with environmental issues and this generous sponsorship will provide a fantastic opportunity to someone to gain hands on experience in conservation,’ said Morven Summers, HWDTs communications manager.

‘We would encourage any young adult on the west coast with a passion for our seas to apply to join us on board.’

Over the last 20 years, with the help of more than 1,000 people, HWDT has surveyed 130,000 kms of Hebridean seas – the equivalent of five times around the world.

More than 9,000 hours of underwater recordings have been collected. More than 50,000 individual animals have been observed from almost 16,000 sightings, with a count of 16 different species.

The trust's research vessel, Silurian, pictured. Photograph: HWDT. NO-F24-whales-and-dolphins-07
The trust’s research vessel Silurian. Photograph: HWDT.
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Hundreds of thousands of photographs have been collated, analysed and catalogued to track individual whales and dolphins across Hebridean seas and better understand population range and social interactions.

The vast volume of data collected on board by citizen scientists over the past 20 years provides a unique and powerful body of knowledge, which is having a real impact for the protection of whales, dolphins, porpoises and basking sharks found in the waters off western Scotland.

For more information about this opportunity and to apply, visit
www.hwdt.org/sponsoredberth or contact morven.summers@hwdt.org

 

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This is a fantastic opportunity for young adults to gain experience aboard the research vessel Silurian. Photograph: HWDT. NO F24 whales and dolphins 04

 

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A wide range of marine life can be spotted from the research vessel Silurian. Photograph: HWDT. NO-F24-whales-and-dolphins-01

The trust’s research vessel Silurian. Photograph: HWDT. NO-F24-whales-and-dolphins-07