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Pilot whales- Pelagic

Experience the diversity the offshore waters off of the Mid-Atlantic have to offer as we head to the deep for our latest exploration!   

Norfolk Canyon, about 70 miles offshore, has long been a hotspot for fishing.  More effort into learning about the area has brought into focus that it’s not only a haven for fish, but a unique biological community for many other species.  Join us as we head out to see the wildlife teeming around the outer shelf and slope waters of this Mid-Atlantic Canyon.  While we explore, we will be collecting data about the species we observe and their behaviors with researchers on board. 

Each trip course will vary based upon current sightings, but may include the following: 

  • cetaceans (fin whales, sperm whales, beaked whales, long-finned & short-finned pilot whales, Risso’s dolphins, short-beaked common dolphins, & Atlantic spotted dolphins)
  • pelagic seabirds (various species of shearwaters, petrels, & terns)
  • fish (ocean sunfish & hammerhead sharks)
  • sea turtles (loggerhead & leatherback)



13 hour trip:  5AM-6PM

Ticket price:  $120

  • Saturday, October 10th
  • Saturday, October 24th

*As fall weather can be unpredictable, the following Sunday (10/11, 10/25) will be our built-in alternative in the event of poor boating conditions on the scheduled Saturday.  




Most Experience On The Water

With over 40 years of experience, our team of experts on board have the most extensive knowledge of our coastal waters and marine mammals of any along the Mid-Atlantic.  Each member of our team undergoes extensive training each year to make sure that we are on the cutting edge of information on our flippered friends and safety.  

Connect.  Protect.  Respect:  Our Mission

At Rudee Tours, we are committed to protecting the animals and their homes.  Not only do we showcase this by following all responsible whale & wildlife watching guidelines, but we also collect information on each trip.  Our ecotours serve as platforms to learn more about the marine environment while simultaneously educating and spreading awareness about the species that inhabit it.  Sightings on marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds are combined with environmental data to help us learn more about the species and how they are using our coastal habitat.  By collaborating with other regional researchers, we provide information that helps protect and conserve the animals we love! 

Largest, Most Modern Fleet

We are fortunate that we have an entire fleet of vessels run by experienced and committed captains and crew.  With larger capacities and the ability to run multiple boats at a time, we are able to accommodate the needs of all of our guests. Our vessels is annually inspected and licensed by the USCG, insured, and regularly updated.  Each boat is ADA certified, equipped with a climate-controlled indoor cabin, and offers 360-degree views of the water from the multiple viewing levels.  

Full Snack Bar

Your comfort is a priority! We want to ensure that all of our passengers feel at home on the water and have everything they could need right at the tip of their fingers. The Rudee Whaler will be our chariot into the deep, and is equipped with a climate-controlled cabin with spacious benches for resting during the ride.  In addition, a full ship store is available onboard with snack, beverage, and souvenir options.