Expedition: Whales and Dolphins of the Hebrides.
This cluster of 550 scenic islands, covering an area of more than 40,000 square kilometers, is one of the most important habitats for whales, dolphins, and porpoises in Europe. Here the warm Gulf Stream mixes with colder seas to make highly productive waters, supporting around 24 species of cetaceans as well as countless seals, seabirds, and other ocean life. Many of the cetacean species found here, including harbor porpoises, bottlenose dolphins, and beaked whales, are national and international conservation priorities. Dr. Peter Stevick and colleagues at the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust are investigating the distribution and relative abundance of cetaceans throughout the waters of western Scotland to determine their use of habitat and to identify particular areas of importance or "hotspots" for conservation.
April - september 2008 (9 and 12 days): 1495 euros.