Join the Crew

 On board our zodiacs, you have the pleasure of having your captain as your guide.

Since 1994, Mark, Tina and their family of 3 children have owned and operated Capt Mark's Whale & Seal Cruise and their success rate is one of the highest in the area!


Capt. Mark Timmons

Capt. Mark is a 3rd generation lobster fisherman, having more than 38 years experience on the sea. He is a certified Small Craft Master as of 1994, has Marine Emergency Duties A2 Certification, ROC-M (Radio Course), Marine First Aid and you can be confident to know he is also a Rescue Scuba Diver. His experience and love of the ocean will be apparent as he shares his knowledge. In May and June, Capt. Mark harvests lobster and from September to December, he guides moose hunters in the Highlands. In the winter months, Mark keeps busy doing maintenance on the boats, building lobster traps, and enjoys back-country skiing to his cabin, hiking, cutting firewood and making maple syrup.


Capt. Tina Roach


Capt. Tina Roach has been operating Capt. Mark's since 1994 as a manager, bookkeeper, tour guide, and receptionist. She also fishes lobster fisher with her husband Mark since the last 6 years. Her certifications are SVOP, Marine Emergency Duties A2, Marine First Aid, ROC-M.  In the winter months, Tina keeps busy taking business courses online, making lobster traps and enjoys back-country skiing, snowshoeing, yoga, and reading.



Capt. Ben Timmons

Capt. Ben has been our official tour guide since 2015 and he is no stranger to whale watching because he's Capt. Mark & Tina's son. He has watched whales and been part of Capt. Mark's experience all his life. He has also helped Mark fish lobster since he's a child, and still continues to do so to this day. His certifications are SVOP (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency), ROC-M (Radio Course), Marine First Aid and Marine Emergency Duties-A2 as well as many years experience on the water. In the winter months, he studies in Halifax, NS.



Capt. Nicole Ure

Capt. Nicole Ure was our researcher with Cape Breton Pilot Whale Project since 2018. She has her Honours in Marine Biology from Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS and her certifications are SVOP, ROC-M, DVS (Domestic Vessel Safety) and Marine First Aid. Her wealth of knowledge of the area's whales as well as her passion for marine life will be apparent when she takes you on a tour.