As I was leaving The Island of Shuna and heading towards Lismore, The wind dropped completely and the sea became flat calm. The sun started to shine and I was full of the joys of a beautiful day. I headed over to see the sea life that inhabits the skerries and little islands to the north of Lismore in Loch Linnhe. Care had to be taken as it was still low water and there are a couple of rocks around the skerries that would be hidden just below the surface.
The skerries have names like Eilean Glas, Eilean Gainimh, and Sgeir nan Tom. I don’t speak the Gaelic Language so have no idea what they mean but Im pretty certain Eilean means Island. This is Sgeir nan Tom and I wondered if someone called Tom had wrecked his boat on it to give it the name ?
I was delighted to find a large colony of seal on the skerries. I love watching them but I don’t go close enough to scare them into the water. I use a 200mm telephoto lens to try and get their mug shots but Im still a bit far to get close ups. Not sure if I would love seeing them so much if I managed to see all the warts on their noses though ? Here are just a few of the shots I took.
Eilean Gainimh had a nice looking beach to land on but as the sea birds were perhaps still nesting I decided not to land there.
The fish finder made sure I wasn’t going to hit submerged rocks and I kept around 10 feet of water under my keel.
There were a few gray lag geese around too.
I didn’t bother fishing as I knew I couldn’t match this family of fishers, beside I don’t think I would like to catch one. I suspect it would be quite annoyed and the thought of trying to remove my treble hooks from its mouth worries me. Landing a seal in my little boat is not my idea of fun. I bid them my farewell and headed towards Lismore.