Outer Hebrides Haggi
Scientific name: Haggi maritimus coldus
well-equipped to navigate the challenging terrains of the Outer Hebrides, seamlessly moving between land and water in pursuit of its seaweed diet.
Classed as Vulnerable on the Red List of Scottish Haggis (1970)
Adults from late January to early Augest
The Haggi maritimus coldus is a captivating species, native to the unpredictable and harsh conditions of the Western Isles, also known as the Outer Hebrides.
How to identify
Fur Adaptations: Exhibiting a slightly oily coat, the maritimus is superbly adapted to repel the relentless rains and pervasive sea spray of its maritime habitat. This adaptation ensures that its fur remains relatively dry, providing crucial insulation against the cold and maintaining the creature’s body temperature in the cool, damp climate.
Dietary Habits: Renowned for its foraging prowess, the maritimus primarily subsists on a variety of seaweeds, which are abundant along the coastlines of the Western Isles. This marine diet not only sustains the creature with vital nutrients but also imparts a unique, oceanic flavor to its meat, offering a distinct and sought-after culinary experience.
Ear Adaptations: In addition to its fur and dietary adaptations, the Haggi maritimus has developed specialized ear adaptations to excel in its coastal environment. The ears are likely structured to minimize water ingress, with possibly a more streamlined or compact design to withstand strong winds and prevent water from pooling. This adaptation ensures that the maritimus can navigate its habitat with heightened auditory senses, crucial for detecting predators or prey and navigating the rocky shores with precision.
Navigational and Foraging Abilities: With its keen senses and agile physique, the maritimus is well-equipped to navigate the challenging terrains of the Outer Hebrides, seamlessly moving between land and water in pursuit of its seaweed diet.
Common and widespread in the island chain off the west coast of mainland Scotland.