THIS is the breathtaking moment the King of Fish became a plaything – and then lunch – for a bottlenose dolphin.
An unlucky Atlantic Salmon, reckoned to be more than 3ft long and weighing in excess of 20lbs, was repeatedly tossed into the air before disappearing down the dolphin’s gullet.
The amazing close-up sequence was captured by a retired financial services manager from Kirkcaldy, Fife.
The keen amateur photographer had been waiting on the shore at Chanonry Point on the Black Isle for four hours last Friday when the one-sided battle unfolded.
He said: “My brother-in-law was there. I almost knocked him off his feet with excitement.
“It played with the fish for a while, it was throwing it up into the air as well. I think the dolphins go under the water and just throw them up.”
A sightings officer from Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust conservation charity, Conor Ryan, said: “It can appear quite brutal to us, but they are top predators.
“Any top predator will appear to play with their prey but they are actually honing their hunting skills. They do throw it around in the air quite a lot and it can be quite disturbing from a human perspective but that’s what they need to do to survive.”