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Puffin with fish

Scotland is synonymous for having an abundance of wildlife to witness, that's why we thought we would share a few of our favourite wildlife friends!

Scotland is well known for being home to Puffins! These beautiful birds flock to shore in their hundreds of thousands around March/April time, sticking around until Mid August. A distinctive looking creature sporting tangerine shoes and a smart black and white suit, pretty stylish if you ask us! They are a chunky build (not fat, just big boned!) to aid with their diving. Having a rather sizeable beak enables them to ram their faces with fish-a-plenty. It's a colourful mush too.

Minke Whales
These big guys are between 8.5 and 9 metres long, weighing approximately 10 tonnes, wowzers! They are lone rangers, unless seen nurturing their young. The calves tend to measure around the 2.5m mark when born.
It's quite likely you'll catch a glimpse of the Minke Whale as it has to surface often so it can breathe, due to the blow hole being positioned on the top of their bonce.
This particular whale is usually a blue/black in colour, with a white topside to their flippers and a white underbody.
When it comes to dining, the Minke Whale enjoys fish, squid and krill.
If you're looking to spot a Minke Whale you could head to Loch Long, which is around 1 hour 30 minutes away from Argyll Holidays.

Less than 2 metres in length, porpoises weigh around the 45 kilo mark. These sociable creatures tend to be found with their pals in groups or schools.
With a breathing ratio of around one breath every 4-5 minutes they require coming to the surface to do so.
These mammals have a very similar diet to the Minke Whale, enjoying delights such as fish and squid.
You don't have to go far if you're looking to spot one of these little fellas. They can be found over at Oban, which is around a 20 minute journey from Argyll Holidays.

With an agenda in mind, seals visit the Argyll Coast to feed, moult and rest. Both common and grey seals can be found not far from Argyll Holidays.
An important part of Scottish culture, from hunting to mythology references, Scotland is well known for being home to such a beautiful mammal. What's the difference though? Common seals have a short, rounded snout with nostrils slanted, almost touching at the bottom to resemble 'V' shape. The grey seal differs due to their nostrils being placed in more of a parallel position. Their muzzle is also elongated compared.

Lastly, lets take a look at our webbed feet friends, the otters. With a diet that consists of fish, waterbirds and amphibians this gang are found by the water, and also paddling in it. If we could enter an animal in for the Commonwealth Games coming to Scotland later this year, the otter would be a great move to put forward - webbed feet means they are great are getting about in the water. They can also close their nose and ears underwater too, great skill!
Their body length measures around 90cm and half that again if we're including their massive tails. This bod is also covered in dense fur to keep them warm.

Take in the wildlife of Loch Lomond this summer by heading out on one of the three cruises on offer! To read more you can Click Here

After reading this are you itching for a break where you can experience wildlife at it's finest? We recommend our hot tub accommodation for enjoy nature and luxury simultaneously!

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