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Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) spyhopping. Laguna Ojo de Liebre, BCS, Mexico. Mar 5, 2015. Eschrichtius robustus,Geotagged,Gray whale,Mexico,Winter Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus) spyhopping.

Laguna Ojo de Liebre, BCS, Mexico. Mar 5, 2015.

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  1. Another one for the hall of fame! I had to look up what spyhopping is, for the equally curious:
    "Spyhopping is controlled and slow, and can last for minutes at a time if the whale is sufficiently inquisitive about whatever it is viewing. Generally, the whale does not appear to swim by fluke propulsion to maintain its "elevated" position while spyhopping, instead relying on exceptional buoyancy control and positioning with pectoral fins. Typically the whale's eyes will be slightly above or below the surface of the water, enabling it to see whatever is nearby on the surface"
    Posted 2 years ago
  2. Love it! cheers* Posted 2 years ago

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The gray whale (Eschrichtius robustus), also known as the grey whale, gray back whale, Pacific gray whale, or California gray whale[10] is a baleen whale that migrates between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of 14.9 meters (49 ft), a weight of 36 tonnes (40 short tons), and lives between 55 and 70 years. The common name of the whale comes from the gray patches and white mottling on its dark skin. Gray whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior.. more

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Uploaded Jul 31, 2016. Captured Mar 5, 2015 13:18 in Unnamed Road, Baja California Sur, Mexico.
  • PENTAX K-3
  • f/8.0
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO400
  • 300mm