I grew up in rural NWPA, surrounded in forest. I took an early interest in cryprozoology and sharks and have read many books on various crypto subjects such as Bigfoot and Megalodon over the years. I am not a professional writer or a journalist, but I do the best I can. I have a quirky, obscurely dry and sometimes sarcastic sense of humor than can get me in trouble. Some love me and some hate me, but I am who I am.

The animal kingdom never ceases to amaze me. From amazing maneuvers to unbelievable skills, we’ve seen many things in the wild that were thought to be virtually impossible.

I already knew that dolphins were very intelligent, so much so, that even military establishments have experimented with them in various capacities.

Now, a wild bottlenose dolphin has pushed the envelope of astonishing feats and it was done during a simple session of showing off for humans.

Here’s the splashy photo, along with some commentary on this event from GrindTV. Frankly, if not for the picture, I’d have never believed it.


Volunteer naturalist captures extraordinary image showing peculiar water formation around midsection of leaping mammal

Steve O’Toole was photographing playful dolphins Sunday afternoon off Dana Point, California, and did not realize until later that he had captured an extraordinary image.

It reveals a circular disc of water around the midsection of a leaping bottlenose dolphin, making it appear as though the mammal is hula-hooping.

O’Toole is a volunteer naturalist for Dana Wharf Whale Watch and a board member for the Orange County chapter of the American Cetacean Society. He said passengers aboard the Ocean Adventure encountered about 50 offshore bottlenose dolphins, which began jumping in the swift catamaran’s wake.

“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.”

The photo, which might be one of a kind, has been widely shared on Facebook and other websites.

Alisa Schulman-Janiger, an ACS researcher, said she has photographed thousands of dolphins during a span of 30 years, and has never captured or seen a similar photo.

Was I right? Is that amazing or what? Even in captivity, this is something that’s never been achieved or even imagined possible.

Did I hear someone say close up? Well, here it is!


I could go into a whole production about dolphins, but I don’t want to take anything away from this astonishing trick. Could it be just an accident or does this dolphin know exactly what he’s doing? Maybe dolphins can do this kind of thing, no sweat! Of course, I’ve never heard of anyone witnessing such an event, let alone getting evidence.

This is something I’ll never forget…..

Thanks to The Grind and Steve O’tool for providing us this content.

Associated Content:

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  • Dudley Lynch

    Hi Scott,

    The remarkable intelligence captured in that photo of the spinning dolphin is one of the reasons I chose to name the most complex mindset used by humans after the creature.

    A discussion of how the human “dolphin” (and the rest of my aquatic metaphorical mindsets) thinks recently appeared here:


    Thanks, greatly, for sharing the photo.

    Best wishes,

  • Fry TheDelivery Guy

    Wow. This is SO paranormal. I’m a ghosttheory hipster. I remember when stories were about ghosts and shit. Not fucking dolphins jumping. Or ones about you all being scared some anonymous douchebags are going to ‘shut down the internet’.

  • Be sure to post to us every day what you think of as a story worth investigation. Not a story that is obviously fake, or a story that has no evidence beyond “I know it’s really really true ’cause I saw it,” not a story that has been debunked already, dozens of times but the believers still believe because they don’t know anything else.

    Comb the internet, and find the stories, I will happily look into anything you send.

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    The problem with the unexplained is it is equally, or more unpredictable by its very nature. And then consider that we are not here to cater specifically to anyone. Now consider that there have been recent reports of aliens or shadow governments controlling humans. There have long been reports of the military training dolphins as scouts and weapons.

    Consider that if we are to ever communicate with aliens, there is every likelihood that their means of communication will be even more “alien” to us than that of Dolphins, and the study of terrestrial creatures we know to have communication, sophisticated communication brings us closer to the ability to recognize and decipher alien communication.

    There is plenty of good reason to post stories like these. Like my own series of stories about the creatures that live here on earth that might as well be alien, or might by study of them allow us to travel in space to the extent we become someone else’s alien.

    Or maybe it is just a story about a behavior we have no explanation for that makes us think about our own behavior in a new way. If you want to understand someone else, begin by understanding yourself.

  • Scott_McMan

    Henry, this is a person with a vendetta against us, more specifically me. Why someone would hold a grudge against an internet site is beyond me. Funny thing is, I have nothing against him, but he takes everything personally.

    If he took the time to read what it says under the title bar, he’d see that it doesn’t say “skeptical approach to the paranormal“.

    But hey, if he wants to rant, more power to him. Of course I know who it is, but if changing to different aliases makes him feel as though he’s not being tracked, he’s certainly welcome to do so.

  • Scott_McMan

    Thanks Dudley! Don’t be a stranger.