Thousands of wildlife fans from across the globe are expected to come to Aberdeen this year as the fourth annual Dolphinwatch project officially launches today.
The scheme, which will run all through the summer until August 14, will allow anyone with an interest in dolphins the opportunity to see the playful creatures in the flesh from Torry Battery.
Run by the RSPB, volunteers and staff will be on hand at the site from Thursday to Sunday every week, between 11am and 6pm, and will offer visitors binoculars, telescopes and expert advice to give them the best shot of spying bottlenoses or other marine creatures.
Aberdeen harbour has in recent years become a must-see destination for those wishing to go dolphin spotting, and last year the aquatic mammals were seen jumping, diving and playing in the Granite City surf on 95% of the days that the RSPB team was on site.
Steve Harris, chief executive officer of VisitAberdeenshire, said: “Aberdeen’s dolphins are quickly becoming one of the city’s greatest tourist attractions.
“The mammals can be spotted playing in the harbour mouth and along our coast – it’s wonderful.”