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Wild Sport in the Outer Hebrides Charles Victor Alexander Peel

Wild Sport in the Outer Hebrides

Charles Victor Alexander Peel

Published September 12th 2013
ISBN : 9781230432489
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28 pages
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... appendix animalsMoreThis historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 edition. Excerpt: ... appendix animals observed by the author in the outer hebrides. Pipistrelle. Vesperugo pipisirellus. (Schreb.) I saw this bat only in the Island of Barra. Otter. Lulra vulgaris. (Erxl.) Fairly common in North and South Uist, but seldom seen. Common Seal. Plwca vitulina. (Linn.) Very common, and breeding round most of the rocky coasts of the Hebrides. Sir Reginald Cathcart strictly preserves them in their breeding haunts in South Uist and islands off Barra, an example which might well be followed by other proprietors. Average length, 4 feet. Grey Seal. Ralichcerus gryphus. (Fab.) This large animal is also very plentiful in the Outer Hebrides. Length of largest obtained by me, 7 feet 1 inch and 6 feet 4 inches- but they are said to measure as much as 8 feet, and occasionally 9 feet. A large one weighs 400 lbs. The female carries the single young one on her back. Whales. I often saw whales when out sea-fishing or seal-hunting, especially on the west coast of the Lews. The three species which frequent these coasts are Balmnoptera musculm, B. rostratus and B. Sibbaldi. Porpoise. Plwcwna communis. (F. Cuv.) Very common, especially in rough weather, in the sea lochs on the west coast of the Lews. Red Deer. Cervus elaphus. (Linn.) This king of Highland game thrives very well in the Lews and North Uist. In 1899 some extremely line heads were shot on the latter island. The weights, too, are good, and the animals appear to be improving every year. In 1900, for instance, Mr. J. C. fore and hind flippers of the grey seal