Highlands & Islands

Beach joy: Otter snapped at surfing hotspot

Otter on beach with surfers Image copyright Gavin Ward

An otter has been photographed running into the waves on a beach on Sutherland's far north coast.

Gavin Ward captured the image while having a picnic with his wife Pam at Torrisdale Bay, near Bettyhill, on Saturday.

Several surfers were out in the sea at the time.

Mrs Ward said: "I saw something running down the beach towards the sea. It was absolutely a surprise, and a brilliant one at that."

Mr Ward managed to get some shots of the otter before it reached the water and disappeared.

Torrisdale Bay is a hotspot for UK surfers.

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