A Minkie at Mousa

There are many reasons to paddle around Mousa, a relatively small island off the east side of the south Shetland mainland...
...the 13m Iron Age tower or broch, (built around 100BC and renowned as the tallest still standing and best preserved of all the 570 brochs throughout Scotland), being perhaps the most obvious.
Home to the Norsemen who made various alterations to the design of its original occupants, it is now the chosen nesting site for a good number of the breeding population of storm petrels on Mousa. Whilst we did not see these elusive birds, the inside of the broch was fascinating...
Of course the history of Mousa is just one reason to complete the short circumnavigation; the wildlife is as diverse as anywhere on the islands...this minkie whale...
...circling and feeding beneath the gannets, gulls and terns being the highlight...
...but not quite completely overshadowing the bonxies...
...or the fulmars...
...or of course the grey seals.
And what trip in Shetland would be complete without a cave or two...
One more reason: a superb view across white sand beaches to the cliffs of Noss.
There are probably more reasons still, we just ran out of time.

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