Life below the inner Hebridean Seas is as varied as that above. The maelstrom that is the Corryvreckan is exacerbated by the spring tides.
The movements of the tides are critical to these animals as they filter plankton from the water streaming past. But corals have enemies; a sea slug. This miniature predator eats soft coral polyps. The dead-man’s fingers, however, have a neat trick!
For many years the people of St Kilda led an isolated existence. Surviving on a diet of Puffins, Gannets and Fulmars. This St Kildan way of life is past.
It’s not just popular, it’s oversubscribed. It’s up to this generation of school-leavers to decide whether the machair lives on. And these are exactly the people who will be most tempted to leave the outer isles for a mainland, mainstream life.
When a violent spring storm hits the west coast it threatens the live of much of the flora and fauna.
For the owls, though, the worst has already happened. Defeated by the relentless rain the male has gone and unable to protect the chicks and feed herself the female too has been forced to abandon them. In such a harsh spring even the most resilient cannot always survive and for the owl chicks it’s too late.
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