Four cygnets which had lost their parents and were swimming close to the busy fish market in Aberdeen harbour were helped to safety by Aberdeen lifeboat crew.
The crew were asked to help by an SSPCA (Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) officer who was worried that the cygnets were in danger.
Seeing it as an opportunity to practice their training, and help the birds, crew members Calum Reed, Gary Cruickshank and Stephen Richie sprang into action and launched the D class inshore lifeboat equipped with a large net and a cage.
Station Mechanic Calum said: 'We certainly had to use all our skills as the cygnets gave us a run for our money!'
The four cygnets were eventually captured and the SSPCA Officer took them to a rescue centre.