Highlands & Islands

Killer whales photographed off Lewis by Shetland fisherman

Killer whales Image copyright Martin Ramsay
Image caption Martin Ramsay photographed the orcas earlier this month

A Shetland fisherman has captured pictures of killer whales in action off the west of Lewis in the Western Isles.

Martin Ramsay photographed the orcas on 18 January.

He has previously been lucky enough to photograph the animals, which are the world's large species of dolphin, on other trips to sea.

Scotland provides habitat for the UK's only known resident population of killer whales, which contains eight older animals.

Earlier this month, an orca found dead on Tiree was identified as a member of this group.

The carcass was found on 3 January and later identified by specialists from the Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust as "Lulu", a female member of the small population.

Image copyright Martin Ramsay
Image copyright Martin Ramsay
Image copyright Martin Ramsay
Image caption One of Mr Ramsay's photographs of an orca pictured off Scotland's coast in a previous year

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