Ambitious plans are underway to lead whales that have been thrilling locals along the Firth of Clyde into deeper water.

The pod of three Northern Bottlenose Whales has been sighted in at spots in recent weeks, including a stop at Kames Bay in Millport.

Hundreds of residents lined the shores of the popular island spot to catch a glimpse of the creatures, who are normally found around continental shelfs off the coast of Ireland.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue group will attempt to move the pod out of the area on Thursday October 1.

Around six boats will be involved in the process, and warnings to stay clear of the operation will be issued by the coastguard.

Vessels are asked to move past the delicate operation at slow speed and with caution, so as not to impede their progress.