In footage captured by Erin Dunglinson, one of the many delightful behaviour patterns of whales can be seen. Spyhopping, as the name suggests, is when a whale sticks its head above water to get a look at what’s going on above the surface. This behaviour often takes place when whales are socialising, or interacting with a boat of humans they want to get a better look at.
Spyhopping also takes place amongst orcas when prey is detected. An individual whale will conduct a series of spyhops from different locations around the prey, then vocalise to the group members to do the same (to possibly prepare for an attack).