Silversea Expedition Cruises To Calf of Man, Isle of Man

Calf of Man, Isle of Man

There is no calf on the Calf of Man. The name of this small island adjacent to the Isle of Man has nothing to do with cows. It is a mispronunciation of the Old Norse word kalfr, meaning a small island near a larger one. The Isle of Calf is only 250 hectares (618 acres) and is separated from its larger neighbour by a narrow stretch of water. Four lighthouses were built on the island and nearby rocks to warn seafarers. View more

Ships hate rocks but Grey Seals love them for resting upon or swimming amongst. While there are no calves, there are a few sheep of the Manx Loaghtan variety, descendants of primitive sheep once found throughout Scotland and nearby islands. Manx means ‘pertaining to the Isle of Man’. Once a private sheep run, the island was donated as a bird sanctuary and is now owned by the Manx National Heritage. Wardens live in the island’s old farmhouse over summer to protect the wildlife, research birds, tend the sheep and look out for introduced Brown Rats. The rats arrived after fleeing a sinking ship in 1871 and became effective killers of seabird chicks. Seabird numbers have surged following a recent rat eradication program. Manx Shearwaters breed from about March to August. They are named after their presence at the islands and seas surrounding the Isle of Man. The birds only visit their island nesting burrows at night and so are easier to spot from the deck of a ship. They glide ever so close to the surface of the sea as if they are ‘shearing’ the water. A sheer delight to watch.

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LONGYEARBYEN To DUBLIN
  • Departure
    Aug 01 2022
  • Duration
    26 Days
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    Silver Cloud
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REYKJAVIK To DUBLIN
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    Aug 15 2022
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    12 Days
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Excursions in Calf of Man, Isle of Man

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The word Calf derives from the Scandinavian Kalfr and means a small island lying near a larger one. It lays in fact less than half a mile away from the Isle of Man. Since 1959, organized ornithological work has been carried out on the Calf of Man under the supervision of appointed wardens. In 1962 it became an officially recognized Bird Observatory. The Calf of Man is today a bird sanctuary and open to the public except during the nesting season. Its only occupants are the nature wardens during the summer months.

Disembark the ship dy Zodiac and join the Expedition Team on a birding walk. 33 species of seabirds breed on the islet annualy, include Manx shearwater, Kittiwake, Razorbill and Shag.

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