Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) : These incredible marine mammals are an amazing sight to see : here incredibly close in the tidal waters  at chanonry point near Inverness , Scotland: the huge sea mammals swim close  inshore chasing their favourite meal of salmon. The best time to see these magnificent creatures is in July and August when the salmon are running:

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

The Bottlenose dolphin recognisable as 'Scoopy' (Trailscoop) breaches metres from the beach following the salmon at Chanonry point, Fortrose, Scotland.

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Scoopy and the salmon: the bottlenose dolphin Scoopy logged as Trailscoop by the WDC (whale and dophin conservation society). Recognisable by the two small notches on the dorsal fin.

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Young dolphin with something to smile about.

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Breach ! An incredible sight to see these large mammals leap clear out of the water close in to shore at Chanonry point.

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Breaching; the dolphins appear to do this for fun: in this case the performer has admiring onlookers : (both humans massed on the shore and dolphins bobbing in the water).

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Breaching: Doing the twist

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Beak contact

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Somersaulting.

Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)

Close encounter!