Animals

By Josh Saunders 


This delighted dolphin was clearly never taught not to ‘play with your food’ as he gleefully chucks his large fish into the air like a juggler.

Spectators were treated to quite the circus show as a hungry moray bottlenose dolphin flipped its sizeable salmon feast above its head while trying to swallow it.

Due to how large the salmon was, it required the dolphin perfectly aligning with its snack at the right angle so the fish could slip down its throat.

The spectacle was captured by David Higgins, 48, who snapped the shots while at Chanonry Point, Scotland, last year.

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After a couple of minutes chucking the fish around like a ‘juggler’ the delighted dolphin was able to swallow his meal and swim off.

David, from Hull, Yorkshire, said: “The dolphin was throwing the fish up in the air, trying to turn it so it could be swallowed.

“They need to get the fish in the right position to get it down its throat, the dolphin‘s gullet was smaller than the salmon.

“It spent a good couple of minutes chucking the fish into the air.

“It was like the dolphin was juggling the fish, it was throwing it up quite high

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“I had a feeling it had broken the back of the salmon early on so it couldn’t get away.

“My favourite image is the one where the dolphins mouth is at a perfect perpendicular line with the dolphin‘s mouth, you can see its teeth and little chunks of fish.

“I like the off-centre symmetry to it and there was nice amount of sun coming through.

“I love stuff like this, it’s fantastic, they are the shots I want to get and I’m very passionate about wildlife watching.

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“It was an incredible sight, there was a big crowd of people there at the time.”

David believes the location in Scotland, is one of the best places to view dolphins in Europe.

He added: “Chanonry Point is really well known for dolphins

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“You can watch dolphins year-round, for this encounter it was an hour after low tide, which is a specifically great time to catch them when the tides are changing and they are fishing.

“It’s probably one of the best places in Europe to watch dolphins on land.

“I’ve visited five or six times but this was the first time I saw a dolphin catch a fish, you can get brilliant views and shots of them jumping in the air there too.”