As the Pride of Bilbao begins its final summer’s service on the Portsmouth-Bilbao route (says John Hillman)whale watchers have their last chance to join P&O Ferries and the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme on-board for a marine wildlife workshop.
A selection of Europe’s leading cetacean and seabird researchers will be on hand during selected crossings to teach people how to spot and recognise a whole range of fascinating sea animals.
The course is open to the general public and is unique in its approach, combining a fantastic opportunity to experience a real marine biology field trip with the comfort and facilities of one of the fleets most impressive cruise ships.
The 2010 workshop dates have been confirmed as 3-6 June, 12-15 June, 18-21 June, 3-6 July, 13-16 September, 22-25 September and 25-28 September
On-board you can try your luck at spotting anyone of over 20 cetacean species, Fin Whale, Common Dolphin, regular Beaked Whale and many hundreds of different types of bird. The group in fact records record whale sightings all year round and has been instrumental in documenting just how important an area the Bay of Biscay is to marine wildlife.
Of course you can expect to enjoy your trip in the very comfortable surroundings that the Pride of Bilbao has to offer, including en suite cabin, cinema, bars, restaurants and even a casino. However the real attractions will be our on deck where the Biscay Dolphin Research Programme will be on hand to provide a Full programme of events including deck watches and presentations.
Image credit: dufspix