Dolphins delight seafront visitors with playful antics
These photos capture the moment dolphins thrilled beachgoers and fishermen as they leapt from the sea earlier today.
The pictures were taken by Laurence Younger after he was alerted a pod of bottlenose dolphins by a friend.
He headed down to Marsden at 4.30pm and managed to spot them off the coast with his camera lens.
He said: "I got a phone call from my friend fishing from Shields pier and he told me they were heading south towards Marsden.
"I dropped everything got my camera and ran up to Marsden bay where I got them coming past.
"It was quite a run up there.
"They were about a half a mile out, but my camera has good lens."