The Cromarty Firth has its entrance on the north side of The Moray Firth, opposite the tourist town of Nairn. The Firths are designated as a Special Protection Area for wildlife conservation purposes. Dolphins, Porpoises and Seals live here. Minke whales seasonally migrate to the area whilst Sunfish and Basking sharks are occasional seasonal visitors. The Firth is one of the safest and largest anchorages in the north of Scotland and was once a major base for the Royal Navy. It is now an important North Sea Oil and renewables energy centre, with a dry dock for repairing oil platforms. It has facilities for cruise ships, oil processing and bulk cargo handling. This picture was taken at low level to show how the vast expanse of beach at low tide can look quite desolate. There is however an ecosystem in the sand that can be equally as devastated as the more publicised ecosystem of the waters in the firth, should anything happen because of man's industry around the shoreline.