Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) two breaching in evening light, Moray Firth
Bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) two breaching in evening light, Moray Firth, Inverness-shire, Scotland, UK, August, sequence 2/2. Photographer quote: 'A day of overcast cloud cleared in the last ten minutes of sunset spilling golden light through a small gap between the cloud base and hill top. A group of dolphins seized the moment and performed a perfect synchronized leap in the low warm sunlight. And I smiled, sighed with relief, and went home happy!' Did you know? The bottle nose dolphins in the Moray Firth are said to be worth more than £4m to the Inverness economy through tourism revenue.
A Chinook helicopter and a Royal Marine rigid-inflatable boat (RIB), off Studland Bay, Dorset, UK
A Chinook helicopter and a Royal Marine rigid-inflatable boat (RIB), off Studland Bay, Dorset, UK.
A Royal Marine rigid inflatable boat dangles from a Chinook helicopter during a hazardous 'Underslinging', a method of quick extraction and insertion of waterborne personnel.
The daring procedure involves the helicopter lowering strops and coming down to just above sea level at which point the boat and crew will push through the down draft under the helicopter and attach the lines to the boat. The helicopter will then lift the boat with crew still in it clear of the water once clear and the boat is airborne, the crew will be individually winched up into the helicopter. On returning the boats crew fast-rope down into the boat ready once set the helicopter will deploy the boat and crew back into water.
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'Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus', 1829, (1904). Artist: JMW Turner
'Ulysses Deriding Polyphemus', 1829, (1904). From the collection of the National Gallery, London. From Social England, Volume VI, edited by H.D. Traill, D.C.L. and J. S. Mann, M.A. [Cassell and Company, Limited, London, Paris, New York & Melbourne, 1904]
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