We focus heavily on education through marine based research with a strict environmental ethos. Every customer leaves having felt they have “put back” something into the environment by becoming involved, as well as having had an unforgettable adventure.
We have been conducting cetacean surveys in the coastal waters of the Isle of Mull since 1990. The waters to the north and west of Mull contain an ecologically diverse marine life. Regularly sighted cetaceans include minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus), common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), and killer whale (Orcinus orca). The regular sightings of minke whale in this area provides an excellent opportunity for the behavioural and ecological study of this species, the behaviour of which is virtually unknown in the Eastern North Atlantic.
The results of such a study could have important implications for the management of minke whales if commercial hunting were to resume in the eastern North Atlantic. In collaboration with the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, we have been conducting a photo-identification study of minke whales since 1990. Over 60 whales have been identified and catalogued, many having been seen year after year.
The success of the company was highlighted in October 1994 when they won the Scottish Tourist Board's Thistle Award for excellence in the field of Tourism and the Environment and in February 1995 the British Airways' Tourism for Tomorrow Award. During 2003 James was the Argyll 'Shell Livewire' for Ecocruz, in 2005 we became a member of the WISE scheme and where awarded the Green Tourism Business Award in 2010.