A parks and wildlife ranger in Queensland, Australia was in the right place at the right time to take a picture of the rarely seen snubfin dolphin, Townsville Bulletin reported.
Queensland National Parks Ranger Emma Schmidt noticed the the snubfin, an animal so cute it should have its own children's television show, lazing in the waters off Hinchinbrook Island National Park.
"Don't blink -- it's a rare Australian snubfin dolphin (Orcaella heinsohni)," Queensland National Parks wrote on its Facebook entry accompanying a picture of the dolphin doing a "leisurely backstroke."
"I noticed a pod of about 10 Indo-Pacific humpback dolphins and among them was this cute little snubby," Schmidt told Townsville Bulletin, noting that she has been working the area for a dozen year and has only seen the snubfin twice.
The snubfin ranges from about 1.5 to 2.7 meters long (5 to 9 feet) and can be pale white or greyish/brown in color. It can often seem to be "smiling," and while its head does have a certain "stubby" quality to it, the "stub" in its name refers to its small dorsal fin.
The distinctive creatures live in small, close-knit pods in the the tropical and subtropical waters around Australia and possibly New Guinea, according to WWF. The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources currently describes the dolphin as "Near Threatened" on its "Red List" of threatened species.
via Townsville Bulletin, hat tip Daily Mail