Get ready to dive into an extraordinary celebration of marine life with National Marine Week!

From 22 July to 6 August, join us on the stunning Yorkshire Coast - a breathtaking destination renowned for its rich marine biodiversity and captivating coastal beauty.

The coastal waters are home to a rich array of marine wildlife such as seals, porpoises, dolphins and even occasional sightings of minke whales and basking sharks, while the cliffs along the coast are a haven for nesting seabirds such as kittiwakes, gannets, fulmars and puffins.

In addition to the incredible wildlife, the Yorkshire Coast is dotted with charming coastal towns and picturesque beaches that offer a glimpse into the region's maritime heritage.

Join us in respecting wildlife

National Marine Week is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about activities that promote marine conservation and respect for wildlife.

Here are ten top tips tips to ensure we leave a positive impact on our coastal ecosystem:

  1. Keep a safe distance: When observing marine wildlife, maintain a respectful distance. This allows animals to behave naturally without feeling threatened
  2. No feeding, please: Although it might be tempting to offer treats, feeding marine creatures can disrupt their diet and natural behaviour
  3. Mind the marine habitats: Treat marine habitats like delicate works of art. Avoid trampling on tidal pools and reefs to protect the homes of countless marine species
  4. Waste warriors: Dispose of trash responsibly to prevent marine debris. Litter can be harmful to marine animals and their habitats
  5. Sustainable seafood: Opt for sustainably caught seafood to support responsible fishing practices and ensure healthy seas.
  6. Boat smart: If boating, be cautious around marine life and follow speed restrictions to minimise disturbances
  7. Report distress: If you spot injured or entangled marine animals, report it to local wildlife authorities or rescue organisations
  8. Beach clean-up fun: Organise or join beach clean-ups to protect marine life from ingesting harmful debris
  9. Plastic-free pledge: Say no to single-use plastics. Carry a reusable water bottle and shopping bags to reduce plastic waste
  10. Educate and advocate: Spread awareness about marine conservation. Together, we can make a difference for our incredible marine life!

Discover Bempton Cliffs: a seabirds' paradise

Standing proudly above the churning North Sea, Bempton Cliffs are home to around half a million seabirds during the breeding and nesting season from March to October, making it one of the UK's most important seabird colonies. As a designated Special Protection Area, this area provides a safe haven for species such as kittiwakes, fulmars, puffins, razorbills, guillemots and shags.

But why are Bempton Cliffs so crucial for these remarkable creatures? It all comes down to the cliffs' unique geography and abundance of food sources. The steep rock faces provide ideal nesting sites for seabirds, ensuring their safety from predators, while the surrounding waters are teeming with nutrient-rich fish, creating a bountiful feeding ground for the seabird colonies.

It's not just the seabirds that call Bempton Cliffs home. The chalky ledges provide shelter for a diverse array of marine life, including seals and other coastal mammals.

Explore marine wonders with Whitby Coastal Cruises

Celebrate National Marine Week in awe-inspiring fashion by embarking on a maritime adventure with Whitby Coastal Cruises. Set sail along the enchanting Yorkshire Coast and witness the wonders of marine life in their natural habitat. From curious seals to majestic seabirds, each boat trip promises an unforgettable encounter with our coastal wildlife.

Whitby Coastal Cruises takes great pride in promoting wildlife respect and responsible tourism. With expert guides sharing insights into the delicate coastal ecosystem, you'll gain a deeper appreciation for the need to protect these magnificent creatures and their homes.

Set sail for porpoise encounters in Scarborough!

Join the adventure as we set sail in search of one of the Yorkshire Coast's most charismatic marine residents - the playful porpoises.

Scarborough's boat trips offer a unique opportunity to witness these delightful creatures in their natural habitat. As you cruise along the magnificent castle headland, keep your eyes peeled for the tell-tale signs of porpoise activity - a gentle splash or a fleeting glimpse of their sleek dorsal fins.

Hidden gems of the Yorkshire Coast

On the Yorkshire Coast, there are plenty of hidden gems for marine life lovers beyond the popular areas. Visit some of these lesser-known spots for fascinating discoveries!

  • Filey Brigg: This rocky outcrop near Filey offers excellent opportunities for rock pooling. During low tide, you can uncover a diverse array of marine creatures like crabs, sea anemones, and small fish in the tide pools.
  • Runswick Bay: Known for its charming village and sandy beach, Runswick Bay is also an excellent spot for exploring rockpools. Wander around the exposed rocky areas to find starfish, shrimp, and a variety of seaweeds.
  • Flamborough Head: While Flamborough Head is popular, its lesser-visited areas, like the South Landing, offer fantastic rock pooling opportunities. Delve into the hidden pools to find sea snails, limpets, and colourful sea slugs.
  • Robin Hood's Bay: Beyond its picturesque beauty, Robin Hood's Bay boasts rockpools teeming with marine life. Look for prawns, barnacles, and small fish that thrive in these intertidal zones.

Remember to be respectful when exploring rockpools and other marine habitats. Avoid stepping on delicate creatures and always leave the area as you found it. These lesser-covered spots promise unique marine encounters, making your Yorkshire Coast journey even more memorable.

We'd love to see your adventures on the Yorkshire Coast – just tag #DiscoverYorkshireCoast