NEW 2020 Provisional Pelagic Dates

BOOK DIRECT WITH BOAT OPERATOR - William Shiel Tel: 01665 720308

or 07799666573




Places may be limited 


The charge for places as observers on these adventurous trips is set by the boat operator and North Sea Pelagics makes no money from trips - North Sea Pelagics is not a commercial entity.

Pelagic trips upto 20miles offshore cost £TBC per person due to restricted spaces - and all money goes direct to boat operator.Please keep in mind that fuel alone for these trips, that can cover over 60+ miles, is very expensive. The RIB does, however,provide unrivalled access to sites and rapid area searches.

Look for the big orange boat "Ocean Explorer"

The boat will leave from Seahouses Harbour NE68 7RN

Timings are for "Ropes off" and observers should meet at least 30mins before this.

NOTE: The dates below are "provisional" and highly weather dependant. In 2019 we had several trips "blown out" due to strong offshore winds.If the weather is poor we will not sail - in 2018 we had 100% success for seeing cetaceans (either whales/ dolphin or both) on every trip.

If we see particularly good "weather windows" in the forecasts, where we feel that the probabilty of sightings is very high, we are likely to schedule additional trips. 


2020 Provisional Dates:


Sat 1st Aug 2.30pm

Sun 2nd Aug 2.30pm

Thurs 6th Aug 11am

Sun 23rd Aug 2.30pm

Thurs 27th Aug 11am

Sat 29th Aug 2.30pm

Sun 30th Aug 2.30pm

Sun 6th Sept 2.30pm

Thurs 10th Sept 11am

Sun 13th Sept 2.30pm

Sun 20th Sept 2.30pm

Sun 27th Sept 2.30pm

Sun 4th Oct 2pm

Sun 11th Oct 2pm

Sun 18th Oct 2pm


By demand there may be additional trips if we see "weather windows" - Watch this Space!

We will ONLY SAIL if the sea state and weather offers a very good chance of see cetaceans.


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


BOOK YOUR PLACE TODAY: William Shiel 07799666573 or 01665 720308





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

No payments to B.Burville


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