Spy-Hop

A gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) spy-hops just off the stern of a whale-watching boat in Laguna San Ignacio at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Since the eues are not open or visible when a gray whale spy-hops, it is thought that they are using their hearing to examine their environment. This behavior also seems to occur in the presence of boats, almost as if they're "mugging" for a camera. Laguna San Ignacio, located in Mexico's Baja California Sur, is one of three protected lagoons that serve as nurseries and birthing grounds for the gray whale.

A gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) spy-hops just off the stern of a whale-watching boat in Laguna San Ignacio at the edge of the Pacific Ocean. Since the eues are not open or visible when a gray whale spy-hops, it is thought that they are using their hearing to examine their environment. This behavior also seems to occur in the presence of boats, almost as if they’re “mugging” for a camera. Laguna San Ignacio, located in Mexico’s Baja California Sur, is one of three protected lagoons that serve as nurseries and birthing grounds for the gray whale.