Gray Whales’ Spy Hopping Show

Gray whales do something very particular that guides and the Captain call ‘spy hopping.’ It’s so fun and unexpected. The whale raises the majority of their rostrum vertically out of the water, sometimes above their eyes. That is why they call it spy hopping because they are spying on the surface. This morning we encountered three mature whales, and at least we witnessed ten times the whales exhibiting this behavior. Sometimes even two whales at the same time. What caught my attention is how slowly they surface. It’s so crazy. Captain Chavalo told me that they usually do spy hops when there is a strong current. Let’s see how lucky we are tomorrow!

Celina – Dive Guide

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