Yesterday we did little work, being Sunday, so in addition to taking my first shower so far, we took a little adventure to Sheep Island, one of the other islands in the Three Island group that includes Kent and Hay islands. Unlike the other two islands, here there are no trees, only sun-baked rock and scraggly grasses and raspberry bushes. There is a solitary warden hut on the island that looks like it was just left a week ago, but apparently has been sitting empty since the College acquired the island around 10-15 years ago. Otherwise, the only sign of life is the enormous quantity of Herring Gulls nesting here. The highlight of the trip was the sudden discovery of a recently-dead juvenile Humpback Whale on the western side of the island. While obviously a sad sight, it was also the closest most of us had ever been to a whale living or dead, and so despite it's small size of 8 meters, was quite extraordinary.
Below are some pictures which some people may find disturbing of the whale, in addition to general KI shots. Please use discretion.
|Ben desperately searches for Guillemots while a Gull watches disapprovingly|
|Dead juvenile Humpback Whale. Didn't smell too bad until you got right up to it.|