An otter charity has said an image of a rare albino otter has been captured by an amateur wildlife photographer.
Karen Jack said the sight of the white animal eating a fish on rocks in Moray was "surreal".
Grace Yoxon, of the Skye-based International Otter Survival Fund (IOSF) said the otter was "extremely rare".
Ms Jack had to wait for the animal to reappear from the sea after catching a quick glimpse of it earlier.
She said: "I have been into photography for about three years as a hobby and love photographing wildlife, landscapes and my two cats.
"But it was just an amazing and surreal view of the albino otter, and for it to sit there and eat while we watched on was mind blowing."
Mrs Yoxon added: "It is extremely rare to see albino animals in the wild and to be able to get such wonderful photos is exceptional.
"Karen was extremely lucky to have her camera with her - I am very envious."
In March, IOSF took into its care an otter which latched on to two teenagers who were sledging, then followed them home.
The cub was spotted in snow under a bush at Windygates, Fife, in February.
He was nicknamed Dylan because one of the youngsters was playing a harmonica - an instrument synonymous with singer Bob Dylan.
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
A white otter in Scotland
The CFZ News blog has reported on the discovery of a white otter in Scotland: