Pod of Whales
A pod of whales spyhopping. When spyhopping, the whale rises and holds a vertical position partially out of the water, often exposing its entire rostrum and head. The position is controlled and slow, and can last for minutes at a time if the whale is sufficiently inquisitive about whatever it is viewing. Spyhopping often occurs during a “mugging” situation, where the focus of a whale’s attention is on a boat, which as a whale-watching tours, which they sometimes approach and interact with.