The Dotted Sea Slug (Peltodoris atromaculata) is also known as the little Swiss Cow in Spanish (Vaquita suiza). It is a large Mediterranean sea slug that can grow up to 120 millimeters long. It is quite common in Mediterranean shallows where it reproduces among the lower shore in spring and summer.
It is easy to identify with its white body and dark brown spots. It has two head tentacles and branching gills in a ring on its back. Feeding on sponge, it accumulates natural chemical products and stores then in its digestive gland.
Kilda is an extremely isolated archipelago located 40 miles West of
Scotland's Outer Hebrides in the North Atlantic Ocean. Its dramatic
topography of plunging cliffs and high sea stacs, abundance of wildlife
(it is home to the world's largest colony of Northern Gannets) and
incredibly tragic human history combine to create a place of almost
Setting off from Oban on the 19th of July 2009 the Elizabeth G stopped off at the following dive sites:
Port Napier - the Isle of Skye
Prince Charlie's Wall - the Isle of Skye
Waternish Point - the Isle of Skye
Mina Stac - St Kilda
Sarbstac Arch - St Kilda
Rob's Pillow - Hirta, St Kilda
Cul Cleite - Hirta, St Kilda
An Torc - Hirta, St Kilda
Rbha Bwengahel - Boreray, St Kilda
Penny Gown Quarry - Sound of Mull
Compilation of photos from my unforgettable trip to St Kilda.
St Kilda has the world's largest colony of Northern Gannet, with an estimated 60,000 breeding pairs on Boreray, Stac an Armin and Stac Lee. An estimated six thousand pairs nest on Stac Lee, their droppings turning the island white.
Amongst the diving group was one non-diver who came along because of his passion for wildlife photography. Ian was a welcome addition on our dive trip and took many fantastic pictures. He kindly gave me permission to post his pictures on my blog. The pictures here were all taken by Ian (except the last! ;).
View to Dùn from Ruaival
Unfortunately I didn't get to see the Minkie Whale myself as we were all diving. Luckily Ian was off exploring the island and managed to get these great pictures. Maybe next time ...