Wildlife Photography with Jessops Academy

The Bay of Biscay is one of the top five places in the world to see whales and dolphins

ORCA Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Learn the secrets to capturing stunning wildlife shots at sea during this unique wildlife photography course.

Working with our friends at Jessops Academy, you'll learn top tips from ORCA experts to help you capture that once-in-a-lifetime shot of a whale, dolphin or other marine animal during a three day minicruise to Santander.

Your first day will be spent in the classroom at Portsmouth International Port, learning the fundamentals of photography at sea and how to set up your equipment ready for the trip. After boarding the Pont-Aven, Brittany Ferries flagship cruise-ferry, you'll settle into your cabin before meeting on deck at dawn the following day. 

You and the team will have the entire day on deck, spotting and photographing some of the dozens of species to be seen on a crossing of one of the best places in the world to see whales and dolphins.

After a brief stop in Santander, it's another early night before rising at dawn the following day for yet more wildlife photography. You'll also have the chance to photograph stunning landscapes during the return to Plymouth, as well as having the chance to review your favourite shots and get tips on editing them to give them that extra sparkle.

This trip ran in 2018 for the first time, and guests were treated to a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with one of the rarest species of whale in the Bay of Biscay - the True's beaked whale. Identifying this incredibly elusive species was only possible because of the sensational photos the guests on board captured, so who knows what other incredible sightings could be on the horizon in the future!

Places for this very special trip are incredibly limited and so early booking is essential to avoid missing out!

Experience the trip

In this video BBC wildlife producer and cameraman, Matt Brierley, talks about his experience in the Bay of Biscay and shows some of the sensational wildlife footage and photos captured in just a single trip last year!

Your photography experience

Included in your trip is:

  • Ferry travel from Portsmouth to Santander to Plymouth
  • Expert tuition by ORCA experts and Jessops trainers
  • A single occupancy cabin for both legs
Guests will also have the chance to spend a short time in Santander before boarding for the northward crossing.

During our 2018 trip the team spotted over 300 individual animals including ten species of cetacean, plus tuna, sunfish and a blue shark. Species included True's beaked whales, fin whales and over 100 common dolphins.

Our 2019 trip is now on sale with just a handful of places available for this one of a kind trip - be sure to book today to avoid disappointment!

ORCA Sea Safari sightings 2017

In this section...

Train to be a Marine Mammal Surveyor

Train to be a Marine Mammal Surveyor

Book a Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Book a Whale & Dolphin Sea Safari

Become an ORCA Wildlife Officer

Become an ORCA Wildlife Officer

ORCA in Schools

ORCA in Schools

Make a Small Change

Make a Small Change

Photography Competition

Photography Competition