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Inverness is the timid neighbourg of the world-famous Loch Ness, shrouded in mistery thanks to "Nessie" the Monster. This corner of the Highlands is world-famous for its dramatic scenery, with nearby castles and solitary lighthouses dotting the landscape. At short distance from the city, Chanonry Point at Moray Firth is surprinsingly one of the best places in Europe to see dolphins in the wild. Experts estimate that around 130 bottlenose dolphins live in the Moray Firth along with resident harbour seals, porpoises, white-beaked dolphins, minke whales, pilot whales and even occasional killer whales.

Otters can be found throughout the area, and similarly, ospreys can be seen hunting for fish while the rare oyster plant adds a dramatic splash of colour to shingle beaches, and seabirds nest in large numbers where there are cliffs. Red kites have been successfully reintroduced to the area and visitors can often spot them gliding over the farmland north of Inverness.

On the southern shore of the Moray Firth, the Culbin Forest stands on one of the largest sand dune systems in Britain. Beyond the trees lies the 7 km Culbin Bar, the best example in the UK of a massive shingle spit that's been left in its natural state.

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Sponges

Dercitus bucklandi, Stryphnus ponderosus, Axinella infundibuliformis,Pachymatisma johnstonia…