Every now and then a photographer snaps a series of photos and later discovers that he or she has captured something remarkable.
That was the case for Steve O'Toole, who on Sunday posted to Facebook an image showing a bottlenose dolphin that looks to be tail-walking while wearing a disc of water around its midsection.
The "unique water formation," as O'Toole described it, was obviously formed by the swift, gyrating movement of the leaping dolphin.
O'Toole, a naturalist for Dana Wharf Whale Watch in Dana Point, Calif., captured the image Sunday afternoon from aboard the Ocean Adventure catamaran.
"This particular dolphin caught my attention because when leaping out of the water, it started twisting its body, whereas most dolphins only leap," he said. "When the activity ended, I briefly looked at my camera’s screen to make sure the pics were there.
"I noticed something unusual with this particular picture and didn’t think much about it, knowing I’d take a closer look when downloading pics to my PC."
This is yet more evidence that a person does not need to visit SeaWorld to witness amazing marine mammal behavior.