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Join a 4-day research expedition and learn about the ecology of basking sharks and their migration patterns in sourthern Argyll (Scotland) - an aggregation spot from which they start their southerly migration to the sub-tropics.
At the end of the summer, basking sharks start their southerly migration to the sub-tropics with one final aggregation in southern Argyll. During this period, we run research expeditions to observe the sharks and explore different areas, while gaining information on this stage of their migration. During these trips, which are open to anyone interested, we cut the passenger numbers to 8 and have our base on the Clyde.
Guests on these trips can be involved in our southerly migration study with the primary goals as follows:
Along with the study of the sharks we will have the opportunity to look for and record other exciting marine life such as whales, dolphins, porpoises, seals and seabirds during our time at sea.
Passengers with enough experience will be able to swim with the sharks during these trips and we will be collecting underwater information about any sharks that we observe on the expeditions.
Photographers and videographers are most welcome on the trips and will benefit from fewer passenger numbers on the boat than our usual trips.
The expedition also includes a series of info-talks on the ecology and conservation of basking sharks by our trained marine biologists.
The minimum age on the trip will be 16 years and we encourage students or prospective marine science students as they will gain a lot of skills and survey experience.
These trips are a great way to be involved in the real work of observing and recording large marine life. However the trip is open to everyone who has an interest in basking sharks, marine life and ocean adventure.
Please note the objective of this project is to study the sharks. Although we will be watching and observing them both in and out the water, the goal is gather data. Passengers will be expected to assist with taking measurements, data gathering and work up of samples.
We will meet you at Dunoon and then take you to our base for the trip. This will require a short ferry from Gourock, which has great transport links to Glasgow via train or road. Otherwise you can also drive there if you are planning to drive yourself. More details of this can be found in our booking information documents which we will send to you on request. You will meet the evening prior to the first day of the expedition and stop at the supermarket for some supplies before driving to the expedition base. On arrival you will check in and we will do a short talk on what to expect over the following few days and your surroundings.
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