A dolphin, known as Spirtle, that was sunburnt after getting stranded on mudflats at the Cromarty Firth in Scotland, has been spotted by researchers a month after it was rescued.
Scientists at the University of Aberdeen said the animal, which has been tracked since it was helped back out to deeper waters, appeared to be doing well and healing from its injury.
Spirtle was originally seen in distress on the Nigg Peninsula by Lorraine Culloch and her partner on May 29 after they got lost while looking for a dolphin-watching spot.
In a post on Facebook Ms Culloch said it took 10 hours for the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team along with the Scottish SPCA to save the animal.
Ms Culloch took pictures of the rescue which finally finished at 4am when the four-year-old female mammal was able to swim off.
Barbara Cheney, a researcher at Aberdeen University, told the BBC the dolphin had only survived the sunburn because of the make-up of its skin.
The animal is part of a group of 200 known as the East Coast Scotland population which are being studied by the university.
It is hoped that Spirtle will go on to live and breed normally and have a long life.