Pictures have captured the moment dolphins “raced” against a massive ferry in the North Sea.
Wildlife lover Mark Deans, 34, couldn’t believe his luck when he saw a mum and baby jumping in front of a North Link ferry near Greyhope Bay, Aberdeen.
The amateur snapper, who is an ex-army artillery 19th regiment Highland Gunner, watched the dolphins jump in front of the boat on Monday night.
Father-of-two Mark said: “It’s a nightly occurrence in the harbour with any boat.
“The dolphins are proper characters when they are jumping around the Greyhope Bay waters.
“They follow the boat out most nights.
“On this occasion, it’s a North Link ferry, and it leaves most days to Shetland and Kirkwall areas of Scotland.
“I think there were three dolphins in front of the ferry, and I think they were bottlenose.
“It was definitely a mother and calf jumping that day.
“I think they do it as they enjoy jumping in the wake of the big boat, so I think they do it for fun and also air time.
“I love sitting in the Greyhope Bay area watching them jumping and any other animals in the bay.
“I’ve only been doing photography since November 2020 due to Covid and to help with my mental health, so when I capture moments like this it’s great.
“I love my work but the dolphins do all the hard work.
“I just take the pictures, while they race a giant ferry.
“I’ve still got so much to learn about photography and taking wildlife shots, but I love these ones.”
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