LOVE was in the air and in the water too at Macduff Marine Aquarium last Wednesday.
The aquarium's divers received an unusual request from a local man who was looking for a very special way to propose to his girlfriend.
Merchant seaman Kenny Ritchie from Macduff arranged for himself and his girlfriend, Kay Warner, to visit the aquarium during the regular dive show, when the divers feed the fishes in the main tank.
But he wanted Kay to see more than the fishes.
He had asked for the divers to help him to get Kay to take the plunge and marry him.
Always happy to see a man 'net' a good catch, the divers surprised her by holding up the signs in the tank asking the vital question on Kenny's behalf, with the fish and all the other visitors looking on.
There was a burst of applause by other visitors at the aquarium, and Kenny then got down on bended knee and offered the tearful and speechless student a sparkly ring and a single rose, who said yes.
Claire Matthews, the aquarium's Education and Marketing Officer said: "We were delighted that Kenny chose the aquarium as the place to pop the question to Kay.
"He told us that he wanted to do something romantic and different for Kay and it was certainly that!
"Kenny was pretty nervous before the event in fact, we all were. Even the divers were anxious for him.
"Our guide Angela, who was giving the dive show presentation at the time, got quite emotional and, for once, was at a loss for words.
"Luckily, Kay said 'yes' and we'd like to send the happy couple very best 'fishes' for their future together."
The couple stay at Law of Doune Road.