Get close to the whales

A variety of marine sea birds and animals await

Our whale-watching trips can last upto 4 hours and may go many miles offshore.

Our 17m motorsailer Specksioneer (a specksioneer was a whaling boat’s chief harpoon-firer) is licensed to carry 12 persons. Specksioneer was refitted in 2013, has toilet facilities and an onboard refreshments bar. She is idealy suited for those who want to experience the wildlife offshore. Summer Queen is larger,faster and offers cover for our passengers. When working with both vessels it widens the area we can cover, with more spotters, to give a better chance of finding whales. Please be aware that we may, at our discretion, make the decision to use only Summer Queen.

In the summer and autumn months, whales move south along the east coast of Yorkshire, following the shoals of mackerel and herring. Skipper Bryan Clarkson is an expert in finding whales off the Whitby coast. Minke whales, with their distinctive pointed heads and curved back fin, are spotted most often – they can be up to 10m (32ft) long. Other recent sightings have included sei, fin and humpback whales.

Will you see whales?

The chart above shows the probability of whale sightings

IMPORTANT

There can never be guarantees that whales, or any other creatures will appear to order when you’re out at sea of course. This is nature. Our knowledgeable crew will be working hard to find them for you.

Please remember that we are going out (often quite a few miles) into the North Sea which can be a very cold and windy place. Please ensure you have plenty of layers, a waterproof/windproof coat, hat and gloves. Sunscreen is also a necessity as skin burns very easily in the salty air. Remember some pack up and a drink and most importantly your camera!

Also please be aware that we make decisions regarding weather and sea conditions when necessary for your safety. Sometimes, unfortunately, this can be at very short notice, occasionally at time of departure but this is beyond our control, we cannot order the weather and most importantly - WE ARE NOT PREPARED TO PUT ANY LIVES AT RISK

Booking does not guarantee a place on a specific vessel, only a place on a trip. We may also, at our discretion, decide to use only one boat rather than both. This decision will be made at any time up to sailing.

Bryan has a lifetime of experience of the North Sea and knows when conditions are not safe

Our Boats

Specksioneer

Specksioneer was built in 1965 by Werf Timmer, Krimpen, in the Netherlands. Originally called Zeeuwleeuw (Pronounced: Zay-lay-ew), she is constructed from welded steel and is a round-bilge, canoe-sterned, ketch-rigged motor-sailer. She is registered on the small ships register number 7049891. The rig is Bermudan Ketch and power is provided by a single Ford Manta 180hp diesel engine driving through conventional stern gear.

The 17m motorsailer Specksioneer (a specksioneer was a whaling boat’s chief harpoon-firer) is licensed to carry 12 persons. Specksioneer was refitted in 2013/2016 and has toilet facilities. Specksioneer is ideally suited for those who want to experience the wildlife offshore.

Summer Queen

Our newest arrival Summer Queen offers fore and aft decks, a covered upper deck, downstairs inside saloon and toilets. She has undergone a refit to provide large viewing windows and lots of seating and tables inside the saloon this winter. Summer Queen was previously operated in Ullapool for wildlife trips until we purchased her in 2016. Summer Queen will be used for longer wildlife, Staithes, Sunset, Twilight trips and cruises. From September 1st each year she will also be used for whale watching.