The Sea of the Hebrides is part of the North Atlantic Ocean and lies west of Scotland, separating the mainland and the Inner Hebrides islands from the Outer Hebrides islands. One of the largest islands in the sea is the Isle of Skye, a location often used in novels and feature films. It has a surface area of around 47,000 km2. The waters are feeding grounds for predators of all shapes and sizes, including Basking sharks and Minke whales. In December 2020, a part of the sea covering 10,039 km2 became designated as a Marine Protected Area, primarily intended to protect the populations of the aforementioned animals.