The story behind that awesome dolphin photo

A dolphin leaps out of Charleston Harbor Sunday, March 8. By Grace Beahm/

Post and Courier photographer Grace Beahm found out today that sometimes it pays to park far from an assignment.

Beahm was taking the scenic route to her car after shooting photos at the Charleston Wine and Food Festival Gospel Brunch at Liberty Square about 12:30 when she saw a pod of dolphins in Charleston Harbor attracting a crowd.

Out of the corner of her eye, Beahm saw a dolphin make a short jump out of the water.

Like a sniper, Beahm waited in that spot about 15 minutes with her camera trained on the water on the off-chance another would breach.

“They drew quite a crowd of spectators from the piers at the Charleston Maritime Center and the Fort Sumter Tour dock,” Beahm said. “You could hear peoples delight when the fins would break the surface in pairs and triples.”

Her patience paid off.

Suddenly a dolphin leapt into the air. Beahm caught two airborne frames.

One of the photos had 100 shares on Facebook in less than an hour.

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”We're so fortunate to live in a place where we can see so much wildlife.”