It’s sometimes difficult to remember that, once upon a time, all of our special moments could only be relived through the pages of a scrapbook or photo album. Things have certainly changed since those days, and some of our fondest memories can now be revisited with a few presses of a button and an internet connection. Of course, the accessibility enabled by contemporary technology is wonderful, but – like everything – it comes with its fair share of problems. With regards to the beautiful moments we can capture, all of those golden memories can sometimes be lost among all of the other attractions that the internet can provide.
Luckily, in this article, we’re going to be highlighting one particular moment that certainly won’t be lost or forgotten anytime soon. What you’re about to see will amaze and baffle in equal measure. And all you need to do is click “Next” to have a look at what we’re speaking about.
Setting the Scene
For some context, imagine that you are a soon-to-be father, an otherwise average Joe with a decent job, and a loving (and heavily pregnant) wife at your side. You’re expecting a baby boy who’s due to arrive at any time now.
About the Couple
Of course, you still want to enjoy some alone-time with your wife while you can, and the two of you decide to take a romantic stroll on a beautiful beach not far from home. This was the reality of the scene which played out for Dan, a working man from Jacksonville, Florida, and his wife, Angeline.
A Walk Along the Beach
The beach in question was none other than Atlantic Beach, which isn’t too far from the couple’s home. It wasn’t quite golden hour, and the sky was – admittedly – a little overcast. But the crashing waves and color of the sea still made for a beautiful backdrop for the couple’s romantic stroll along the sand.
Capturing the Moment
Of course, with such near-ideal circumstances such as these, and a postcard quality to the scene to match, Dan wisely decided to capture the moment (a choice made even more impactful in retrospect). Angeline, looking radiant and sporting a healthy baby-bump, was more than happy to oblige.
An Unexpected Guest
Angeline then struck a pose and smiled towards the camera, her tummy in full profile view while the waves lapped against the shore behind her. Everything fell into place, and as Dan took the picture… a dolphin erupted from the water some ways into the background.
Angeline Didn’t Even Notice!
And while everything about the photo was already perfect, this shiny marine guest made it all the better. And the best part? Angeline didn’t even notice it. This means that the smile you see on her face is a genuine moment captured forever!
What Dan Had to Say
Oddly enough, though, he certainly did not expect to capture one on camera – (and so fabulously, at that) – Dan was fully aware of the dolphins which circled that area. There was something almost serendipitous about the whole event. “When I took it, I was like, ‘Oh my God!’” Dan told AMW. He also added that, unfortunately, Angeline missed the spectacle.
The Magic (and Reality) of the Moment
The dolphin, in fact, jumped twice, but we only have the image which has already circulated the internet. Dan simply preferred it a lot more than the second, and maybe that’s for the best. After all, we would all like to believe in magical moments like this one; and magic, as we’ve all come to know, is a rare occasion indeed.
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What the Baby Had to Say
Of course, let’s not all forget that this picture was taken in the throes of Angeline’s pregnancy. Around this time, the couple’s baby was expected to arrive within the next few days, or another week, at most. (Perhaps the dolphin knew of this as well, and decided to make an appearance as the herald of the child’s arrival). Sure enough, baby Courtland made his first on-Earth appearance shortly after the photo was taken.
Dan’s Ideas on Courtland’s Powers of Summoning
“The way I see it,” Dan said, “Courtland was summoning dolphins that day.” And we’re inclined to agree with that assessment. Much to the public’s dismay, Dan and Angeline declined to change their baby’s name to “Dolph Finn”. We can’t have it all, it seems, but at least the couple will have a magical story to tell baby Courtland when he grows up.
It Gained Media Attention
Of course, having a dolphin jump out of the water at the exact moment you take a picture of your pregnant wife is not very common. Dan’s photo was featured in newspapers, on social media, and even featured on the news!
What the Skeptics Had to Say
Of course, every phenomenon will have its fair share of naysayers, and Courtland’s summoning of the dolphins has drawn its own skeptics as well. “Ah. The magic of Photoshop,” commented one user.
Dan’s Response to the Skeptics
Of course, Dan was quick to deny these allegations and pointed out the overall abundance of dolphins in that area. He further added that the whole event “really wasn’t random. We saw their fins and were waiting for them.”
What This Means
So, in the same way, that every phenomenon has its share of skeptics, they also – more often than not – have some logical explanation behind it. Don’t let this distract you from the magic, however, even though the jump was predictable, we still like to believe that it was Courtland who summoned that dolphin to his court on that day.
What the Dolphin Had to Say
Other than a few incoherent squeaks, we were unable to acquire a statement from the dolphin featured in the photograph. He seemed pleased with all the attention he was getting, at least, but he did not stick around long enough to participate in an interview or press conference. We think he may have already gone off to find another pregnant couple’s photoshoot to crash. We imagine that the dolphin business is a stressful one, indeed.
Dolphins and Photobombing
All jokes aside, dolphins have something of a record when it comes to appearing in photos unexpectedly. And while Dan and Angeline will forever have this special story to share, there have been more than a few other reported incidents of dolphins showing up at the scene of a photo without so much as a warning.
Dolphins and the Paparazzi
We aren’t quite sure what makes dolphins more approachable and friendlier than most people who walk down the red carpet. We don’t really care though either – we’re just glad that these wonderful creatures show up when they do, to add just a little more magic to some of our most precious moments.
What All This Means
We started off this article with a lengthy tangent on moments captured by photographs, and the medium through which we revisit those precious memories. We spoke about the significance of the events we want to remember, and how much that significance can be diminished or lost in a sea of similar moments, from similar individuals. But, like we said, it’s not all bad.
The Significance of Dan and Angeline’s Dolphograph
It doesn’t matter whether or not your best memories are saved on the Cloud or in a cloud-shaped photo album. So long as they mean something to you, they will forever hold a great deal of importance in your heart. And we can definitely say that this topped the list for this special couple.
A Real Treasure
Courtland’s dolphin-summoning caught on camera will always be something to be treasured by his parents, and one day, by Courtland himself too. It doesn’t matter whether or not it was faked – (and the idealists within us are inclined to believe that it wasn’t) – it’s a moment that will endure so long as it is remembered. And that has to count for something.
Other Dolphin-Centric Photobombs
As we’ve said, dolphins have something of a track record when it comes to showing up unannounced in photos. So long as we have your attention, let’s take a look at a few other examples of dolphins making an unexpected appearance.
“My Best Man Is a Dolphin”
Also in Florida, a couple were married at the Marineland Dolphin Adventure Park in St. Augustine, so it should almost come as no surprise that one of our favorite marine-mammals made quite the splash when it leaped from the water just as the couple had a snuggle during their photoshoot.
“Can I get in on that?” – Dolphin
At the National Aquarium in Baltimore, a family posed for a quick photo to commemorate the visit, and ended up getting more than they bargained for when a dolphin swam up behind them and pulled a funny face of its own. Needless to say, that’s one for the books.
The Dolphin and the Bull
Last but not least, Chicago Bulls forward Carlos Boozer’s Instagram thunder was stolen by a random dolphin who leaped into the frame of the picture of the football star on his boat.