WILDLIFE lovers are being given the chance to have a whale of a time with popular TV presenter Michaela Strachan on board a North Sea ship.

The popular BBC presenter will be launching the 2017 season for marine preservation charity ORCA on a DFDS ferry sailing from the Port of Tyne on Saturday, March 25.

Guests will be able to take part in activities and educational talks on North Sea marine life, including whales and dolphins.

Over the last 10 years, ORCA has conducted 52 marine life surveys on DFDS’ North Sea service from Newcastle to Amsterdam, recording the highest diversity of species on the North Sea during that time.

More than 100 Bottlenose dolphins, 87 White-Beaked dolphins and an abundance of Minke whales have been spotted over the ten years as well as one-off sightings of the Striped dolphin and Fin whale.

Kicking off the eleventh year of the partnership between the charity and DFDS, Michaela will welcome guests aboard the King Seaways ship between 11am and 2pm.

At 12.30pm, she will give a “Really Wild with Cetaceans,” talk, sharing her encounters with whales and dolphins from around the world, with video clips of her highlights. The ORCA team will then give a talk on “Whale Tales of the North Sea.”

Tickets for the event are on sale, priced at £16 for adults and £12 for children over the age of three.

Ticket prices include: • Educational & interactive talks from Michaela Strachan & the ORCA team • Packed lunch on board (including sandwich, snacks and soft drink) • Live band, children’s entertainer & appearance by Jack the Pirate • Children under three go free

Passports are not required to attend but with the North Sea weather always unpredictable it’s always worth taking warm clothing.

To book or for further information click here or telephone 0871 574 7235.