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  • We passed a very scared seal on a small flat piece of ice with four adult orcas and one baby orca circling it and spyhopping - poking just their heads up to look at the seal.

    SuperVegan: Vegan Blog and New York City Restaurant Guide Tod Emko 2010

  • Thanks to the food-rich mouth of the Chesapeake Bay and warm Atlantic Ocean waters, humpback and fin whales can be seen diving, breaching, spyhopping (a whale slowly rises its head up out of the water) and lobtailing (when a whale slaps its flukes loudly onto the water surface) off the Virginia Beach coast each winter. - News 2010


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  • Just saw this on a Ball State Electronic Field Trip on gray whales. When whales want to look around, they poke their heads above the water and hold it there steadily while they check out stuff. This is called spyhopping.

    February 27, 2008

  • Yep, I've always loved this term. :-) Thanks, c_b.

    Oh, and whales also breach, lunge, porpoise, lobtail, slap, and log. Sounds like way more fun than walking, running, skipping, and hopping, if you ask me.

    February 27, 2008