Flippin’heck! Dolphin performs incredible backflips feet above the water

This dolphin FLIPPED OUT while having some fun when it performed a somersault right above the water.

The excited mammal was caught in rare split-second shots doing backflips just off the shore of the Scottish Highlands.

Pic By Zaneta Blaszczyk/Mercury Press

In the incredible images taken by Zaneta Blaszczyk, two bottlenose dolphins are swimming together before one flips several feet into the air in a magical display.

Zaneta, 28, spotted the pair last month off Chanonry Point in Scotland and claims it was ‘spectacular’ and brought her ‘closer to nature.’

The medical company worker had to predict the dolphin’s next move before skillfully capturing the shots while it was mid-air.

Pic By Zaneta Blaszczyk/Mercury Press

Zaneta, originally from Lodz, Poland, said: “We were treated to a spectacular display.

“On my way to Chanonry Point I didn’t even think I would be so successful. I was hoping for just a fin.

“The dolphins are very difficult to photograph, due to their unpredictability, yet incredibly beautiful and imbue you with a sense of freedom.

“When I see a dolphin jump I have only a split-second to come up with an idea and a composition of the image. This is what I wanted to capture.

Pic By Zaneta Blaszczyk/Mercury Press

“By watching the dolphins play I was trying to predict their next move, which was not the easiest task. Dolphins disappear under water and emerge somewhere else.

“They move very quickly and will pop up somewhere completely different.”

Since moving to Edinburgh three years ago, Zaneta had heard of Chanonry Point as a dolphin hotspot from fellow photographers and decided to visit at the end of July.

She was lucky to spot around 20 dolphins in total and even luckier to capture this playful dolphin

Pic By Zaneta Blaszczyk/Mercury Press

Zaneta said: “I grew up in the centre of Poland, far from the coast.

“Marine wildlife was something special to me because it was not often seen.

“I heard of Chanonry Point through fellow photographers and knew that I had to get up there as soon as possible.

“I wonder how I was able to capture these photographs.

“When I hold my camera, my brain works completely differently.

“After I took that photo of a dolphin doing a backflip I promptly checked my camera and felt very happy.

“It’s an amazing feeling when you see a wild animal that close with all details.

“Action shots are my favourite. They take me closer to nature.”