Type of vessel and trips: MCA coded 10m rib, twin outboards, 12 passengers licensed to operator up to 20miles from shore, wildlife watching as well as diving.
Likely species to be seen: Common and white beaked-dolphins, harbour porpoises, minke whale, humpback whales are rare but have been seen in last few years, 4,000 Atlantic grey seals, tens of thousands of seabirds in breeding season. Individuals as well as parties, bespoke trips to such locations as Farnes Deep, favoured location 20 miles offshore for cetaceans.
Type of vessel and trips: Serenity II is the first purpose built catamaran for tours of the Farne Islands. Cutting edge design for enhanced stability giving the perfect platform to view the wildlife and beauty of the Farne Islands. Toilet facilities, 360 degree veiwing and disabled access when the tide is high. MCA coded for 62 passengers. We are also coded for 12 passengers up to 20 miles offshore. Licenced to land on the islands during the season. Operating 12 months of the year.
Likely species to be seen: Harbour Porpoise, Common and White-Beaked Dolphins, Minki Whale, Basking Shark and 4,000 Atlantic Grey Seals. The Farne Islands is also home to 80,000 pairs of seabirds during the breeding season.
St Ann’s Staith
Contact: Paul Hobson
Telephone: 07981 712419
Website: www.WhitbyWhaleWatching.co.uk / www.WhitbyCoastalCruises.co.uk
Vessel: Summer Queen is a large vessel with three different outdoor decks, one of which is undercover, as well as a heated saloon with hot and cold drinks and confectionery available. The vessel can carry over 100 passengers but typically only carries 12 for offshore Whale Watching and 50 for inshore Whale Watching and Wildlife and Coastal Scenery tripsTrips: Whale watching trips now only operate in September when Minke Whale numbers are at their peak along the Yorkshire Coast. Other species occasionally seen include Fin, Sei and Humpback Whales as well as White-beaked and Bottlenose Dolphins. Harbour Porpoise are also sighted quite frequently in this area. Grey Seals are numerous in the area with a colony at nearby Ravenscar and many seabirds are also seen with RSPB Bempton a short flight away. Trips must be booked online and usually sail at 0900, 1230 & 1545 on Summer Queen.Earlier in the season, particularly July and August, Summer Queen will operate late afternoon/evening Wildlife and Coastal Cruises which sometimes also encounter cetaceans. These are advertised and only available to book at the quay, no online or telephone bookings are taken.
Wildlife Tours & Education
5 Travers Court
Runton House Close
Contact: Carl Chapman
Telephone: 07833 463034 / 01263 576 995
Type of trip: Wildlife tours in Norfolk and throughout the UK, including cetaceans.
Likely species to be seen: Norfolk – Harbour porpoise, grey and common seal. UK tours – Bottlenose Dolphin, Common Dolphin, Harbour Porpoise, Minke Whale, Grey and Common Seals. See website for details of all tours.
Contact: Annabelle Lowe
Telephone: 01637 850930/ 07582 466122
Type of vessel and trip: 2-4hr trips on Atlantic Diver.
Likely species to be seen: A Celtic population of grey seals including our semi-resident grey seals to Newquay Harbour. A Celtic population of inshore bottlenose dolphins but also (as we hope to do a longer 4-hour trips and possibly all day trip) offshore bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins, harbour porpoise, Risso’s dolphin rare chance but possible. Also, will have a high chance of seeing sunfish and basking sharks. Breeding sea birds; razorbills, guillemots, puffins, kittiwakes (as we have 2 kittiwake colonies very local to Newquay Harbour), gannets, a variety of terns and of course gulls, fulmar and oystercatchers.We see lots of varieties of jellyfish too; moon, blue, barrel, comb jellies, sea gooseberries, compass, by the wind sailors. We also now take Secchi disk sampling, with a microscope on board to look at the variety of plankton in the water.
TR18 2LL Contact: Hannah or Duncan Jones
Telephone: 07749 277110
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Type of vessel and trip: 1 1/2, 3 and 4 hour wildlife trips from Penzance Harbour onboard a 34ft sailing catamaran, which takes 12 passengers. Likely species to be seen: Wide variety of sea birds such as gannets, different species of auk and shearwaters. Marine megafauna include common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins, harbour porpoises, Risso’s dolphins, grey seals, basking sharks and ocean sunfish. Whales are also sometimes seen, mainly minkes but other rare but possible sightings include humpback and fin whales.
AK Wildlife Cruises
The Boat House
Contact: Capt: Keith.B.Leeves
Telephone: 01326 753389
Type of vessel and trip: Roomy, comfortable motor launch with covered flybridge, cosy heated cabin, modern toilet, soft seating inside and out for small intimate groups, hot drinks and snacks, a maximum of 10 people. All day,7 hour whale and dolphin trips, 4 hour wildlife trips, pelagic trips with scent-based chum, private hire and group bookings. Gift certificates available. Open twelve months of the year.
Likely species to be seen: 7 different species of cetacean can be seen during the season, the most common being bottlenose dolphins, common dolphins and harbour porpoise with possible sightings of minke whales, pilot whales, fin whales (during the months of February and March), white-beaked dolphins, basking sharks, blue sharks, leatherback turtles, common seals, atlantic grey seals, choughs, nesting peregrine falcons, and a wide variety of sea birds can be seen throughout the year along with some rarities.