In the summer and autumn months, whales move south along the coast of Yorkshire, following the shoals of mackerel and herring. 20 miles north of Scarborough at Whitby Whale Watching, Skipper Bryan Clarkson is an expert in finding whales off the coast. Minke whales, with their distinctive pointed heads and curved back fin, are spotted most often – they can be up to 10m (32ft) long. Other recent sightings have included sei, fin and humpback whales.
Late August, September and early October are prime times for whale spotting off the Yorkshire Coast.
Whitby Whale Watching – probability of a whale sighting by month