A top team of academics from Heriot-Watt University appeared at the Stranraer Oyster Festival, last week.
The researchers from the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP) showed marine animals in a touch tank to around 1,000 visitors.
Also in attendance, to hear more about the DEEP project, were Mairi Gougeon, Minister for Rural Affairs and Natural Environment and Emma Harper MSP for the South Scotland region.
The DEEP project is a groundbreaking initiative to restore Native European oysters to the Dornoch Firth.
It has been pioneered by Glenmorangie in partnership with Heriot-Watt University and the Marine Conservation Society.
Heriot-Watt is currently running a Year of the Sea campaign in 2018, which is a calendar of engagement spanning schools, the public, academia, industry collaborators, funders and policy makers.