Saturday, 7 June 2014

Moon Jellyfish, Loch Harport

In an incredible setting on the banks of Loch Harport stands one of Scotland's and possibly the worlds finest Whisky distilleries - Talisker, and very nice it was too - I even purchased a wee dram for myself and a pair of souvenir rocking glasses - what a tourist!

But what I found even more incredible was the sight of dozens, probably hundreds of Moon Jellyfish of various sizes (but never bigger than a dinner plate) drifting along the Loch.

Whisky, Isle of Skye, Scotland

A short walk from the distillery is a small jetty - which was not only a great photo opportunity for the distillery (photo dosen't do it justice) but also a great vantage point for witnessing the migration (I'm guessing they migrate) of these amazing marine animals.

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, Scotland

Loch Harport, Isle of Skye, Scotland

I know very little about Jellyfish and was more used to seeing them out of water, typically washed up on a beach, but seeing them at home in the clear water of a Scottish loch was fascinating. Their translucent vein covered bodies at times seemed to glow a neon pink - depending on the light and the darkness of the water created by the shadow of the jetty. I was transfixed as they passed close by, their angel hair tentacles flowed and trailed serenly as they gently pulsed through the water aided by the tide, at times it looked as if they were coming up for air as they broke the surface of the water - this had been an unexpected bonus I hadn't planned for on the Isle of Skye.


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