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:
The Bottlenose dolphin recognisable as 'Scoopy' (Trailscoop) breaches metres from the beach following the salmon at Chanonry point, Fortrose, Scotland.
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.
Young dolphin with something to smile about.
Breach ! An incredible sight to see these large mammals leap clear out of the water close in to shore at Chanonry point.
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).
Breaching: Doing the twist