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Pictured: The dolphins jumping for joy in 'Balamory' bay

Posted on 5:52 AM by Sameer Shah

Jumping for joy, these playful dolphins dive in and out of the water seemingly without a care in the world.

Their spectacular display takes place near a remote Scottish Hebridean town which doubles as the setting for the BBC children's programme Balamory.

The common bottlenose dolphins regularly entertain residents of Tobermory, the largest village on the Scottish Isle of Mull, with their acrobatic antics.




This display was captured by local photographer Nick Davies, 49.

'Whenever the dolphins start to appear in the bay harbour and start to do their thing the word gets around the village very quickly,' said Mr Davies.

'I live in a flat that looks out over the bay and was lucky enough to see the dolphins start to play.

'So I ran down, got into my kayak and went out into the bay to take pictures of them up close.'

Mr Davies, who has lived on the Isle of Mull for five years, said the island residents look forward to the dolphins' visits.





'There were around six adult dolphins in their pod this time and I was very lucky to be able to get them in such good action poses.

'Their displays and messing around can go on for anywhere between five minutes to around one hour and it all depends on what their mood seems to be.

'On this occasion they definitely seemed to be in a cracking good mood,' he said.

The Isle of Mull has long been known as a whale and dolphin haven, with tourism in the area growing as a result.

Porpoises, basking sharks and even killer whales have also been sighted off the coast of the remote and beautiful Scottish island.

The island and the town of Tobermory has also received a boost in recent years from the filming of the BBC children's programme Balamory.

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