Rush to book whale watching trips from the Yorkshire coast as boats start running again

A whale watching trip on the August Bank Holiday weekend has already sold out after tourist boats were given the green light to begin operating again.

Monday, 8th June 2020, 2:30 pm
Updated Monday, 8th June 2020, 2:37 pm
Yorkshire Coast Nature boat trips start from Staithes

Yorkshire Coast Nature will begin running their wildlife watching tours from Staithes, near Whitby, in July after the lockdown delayed the beginning of the summer season.

The trips - which have a maximum capacity of 10 and must be booked in advance - last all day and passengers can spot minke whales, bottlenose and white-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises and a range of seabird species including puffins and gannets.

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Tourist boat operators have been forced to berth their vessels during the coronavirus crisis and have missed several weeks of sailings, during which there have been several reported whale and dolphin sightings off the Yorkshire coast.

As well as Yorkshire Coast Nature, whose focus is on birds as well as cetaceans, there are several private operators running their own charter trips from Scarborough, Whitby and Bridlington. Many are former commercial fishermen who have converted their boats for tourism.

Sightings increase during periods of clear weather when more people are out and about along the coast and visibility is good.

The first tour - which has only one place remaining - departs Staithes at 8am on Friday July 17, and there are trips on Fridays, Saturdays and some Sundays until September 26.

Four trips are already fully booked, including two on the August Bank Holiday weekend, and several more have fewer than five places remaining.

A nine-hour trip costs £90 and passengers are accompanied by guides who are experienced ornithologists. Six hours are spent at sea and the land-based part from a coastal watchpoint.

Click here to book.