Cruise along to see wildlife at sea

Award-winning ferry operator DFDS Seaways, together with marine conservation charity ORCA, has launched its sixth annual wildlife-spotting season.

As part of the wildlife-spotting season, marine wildlife mini cruises are available for passengers onboard cruise ferry KING Seaways.

The two-night mini cruises combine cruise-style travel from Newcastle to Amsterdam with guided deck watches and the chance to learn more about the wildlife inhabiting the North Sea from trained ORCA wildlife officers.

The wildlife officers organise a host of interactive and educational activities for people of all ages, including children.

They also host ‘Wine and Whales’ seminars for adult passengers keen to learn about conservation and the variety of mammals and other animals found in the North Sea.

Among the wildlife passengers are likely to see are Minke Whales, Grey Seals, White Beaked Dolphins and Harbour Porpoises.

Max Foster, passenger director at DFDS Seaways, said: “We have enjoyed a fantastic and special relationship with ORCA over the past six years, which has not only enabled the ORCA team to conduct more ship based surveys, but which has also brought a great deal of pleasure and insight into the marine wildlife in our seas to our passengers and crew.

“We are delighted to be able to announce the opening of our 2014 marine wildlife observation season, which runs from now until September.”

Sara Frost, ORCA wildlife officer, added: “The data we collect through the wildlife officer programme is incredibly important in helping us to monitor the presence of whales and dolphins in the North Sea.

“2013 was an exciting year for our North Sea wildlife officers, with so many more sightings than in previous years, which provided some truly amazing wildlife moments for passengers.”

For further information about DFDS Seaways and ORCA or to book a wildlife mini cruise visit or call 0871 574 7235.