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Ground breaking offshore trips promoted by North Sea Pelagics involving White Beaked Dolphin Research

BBC Wildlife Magazine article

Newcastle Chronicle article

North Sea Pelagics exists to promote pelagic wildlife trips off the Northumberland coast.

North Sea Pelagics is not a commercial company and receives no money whatsoever from people joining trips as observers. Costs are very competitive as they are direct with the boat operator.

North Sea Pelagics highlights trips that focus on locating cetaceans & pelagic birds offshore whilst ensuring that they are not disturbed by activities.

North Sea Pelagics showcases the skills of veteran boat operator William Shiel and his trusted skipper Alan Leatham.

With expedition trips upto 20 miles offshore trips run by William Shiel use a 10m commercial RHIB, built new in 2010 (MCA reg cat 2 vessel), with twin 200hp outboards. This craft allows us unprecedented access to offshore sites.

These trips are genuinely expeditionary and information obtained during these trips will be reported back directly to bodies including Newcastle University School of Marine Science, MMO, Sea Mammal Reasearch Unit and various conservation groups in support of Marine Conservation Zones

Although the focus of these pelagic trips is to locate and observe white beaked dolphin they also provide excellent opportunities to observe pelagic birds and other cetaceans (eg Minke whales).

North Sea Pelagics itself has no responsibility for the safety and wellbeing of any passengers. North Sea Pelagics takes no payment for any trips. North Sea Pelagics is a website that purely promotes trips operated by the craft "Ocean Explorer". 

Ocean Explorer Facebook site >


Matt Sharpe from Newcastle University with CPOD & SoundTrap - recording white beaked dolphin clicks and whistles

Simon Laing from Newcastle School of Marine Science working with us using hydrophone.

National Trust team on board

North Sea Pelagics


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Please note all money direct to William Shiel or skipper Alan Leatham.

No payments to B.Burville


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Filming with Robson Green - Tales from Northumberland ITV
ITV Tales from Northumberland
BBC filming with John Craven
William Shiel talking to media
BBC Countryfile filming



ITV Tales from Northumberland 2014


BBC Radio Newcastle Dec 2013


BBC1 Countryfile 11th Aug 2013 with John Craven



Exciting 2016  dates >

A provisional scedule for 2016 Pelagic Trips COMING SOON "Expedition Trip Dates" - these trips have been timed to maximise viewing opportunities