Moment playful pod turn into killers – and unlucky porpoise has no chance in savage attack
FAR from being a frolicking and playful sea creature, this dolphin is showing its ferocious attack skills.
Captured on camera, it is making short work of an unlucky harbour porpoise.
Amateur photographer Alister Kemp snapped the astonishing scene at Chanonry Point, near Fortrose in Ross-shire, on Friday.
Mr Kemp, 52, said: ‘There were about six or eight dolphins and one porpoise.
‘First of all I thought the dolphin was throwing a huge salmon up in the air. But when I zoomed in, I realised it was a porpoise.
‘You could tell it was alive at first. But the dolphins were just picking it up and throwing it about. I felt really sorry for it. There aren’t very many porpoises about.’
His astonishing pictures show a dolphin, many times larger, gripping the young porpoise in its jaws.The beast then throws the smaller animal into the air.
Mr Kemp, of Evanton, Rossshire, works as a warehouse operative at Invergordon Distillery. He has been photographing the Chanonry point dolphins for about ten years.
He said: ‘I have heard of it happening but I’ve spent thousands of hours there and never seen anything like this.’
MURDEROUS: Dolphins batter the much smaller porpoise, tossing it into the air and biting it, left