Voyage into the unknown

Today is a day that I’ve been eagerly anticipating.  Over the last 10 years I’ve spent hundreds of hours leading pelagic trips in the North Sea, and observing and photographing seabirds from angling charter boats, but they’ve been almost entirely between the months of July and September.

So, heading out during the winter months is something special.  We really don’t have a clue what’s out there at this time of the year.  Which is what today’s trip is about.  My background is in scientific research so, when I was asked if I would like to undertake a systematic seabird and cetacean survey of offshore Northumberland, agreeing to do this was a bit of a no-brainer really.  The other intriguing thing is how far offshore we’re going.  On most of the surveys it’s going to be twice as far as we would reach on one of our usual pelagics, and on a couple of them it’s going to be even further.

We’re likely to have a few spaces available on most of the surveys, and we’re offering them at a bargain price of £20/person/trip, so if you’re interested in joining us then get in touch and we’ll put you on our mailing list to be contacted whenever it looks like a weather window will allow us to take the boat out.

Excited?  I certainly am.

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~ by pterodroma on December 11, 2009.

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