Highlands & Islands

Humpback surprises wildlife watchers in Cromarty Firth

Image copyright EcoVentures, Cromarty

A close encounter with a 15m (49ft) humpback whale in a Scottish firth has been captured in a series of photographs.

Sarah Pern took the images while skippering Cromarty-based EcoVentures' wildlife watching vessel, Saorsa.

The whale appeared suddenly near the boat in the Cromarty Firth on Saturday 1 October.

Ms Pern said the animal did a "massive blow" in front of the boat before it slowly arched and dived down.

Image copyright EcoVentures, Cromarty
Image copyright EcoVentures, Cromarty

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