DEADLY DOL­PHINS

Mo­ment play­ful pod turn into killers – and un­lucky por­poise has no chance in sav­age at­tack

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - News - By Kather­ine Suther­land

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

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