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Aug 23, 2005
Spy Hopping

When a whale sticks its head up out of the water for a look around up top, that’s called "spy hopping". The orca pictured in the photo here is not busting up through the ice to gulp up penguins, but mostlikely it is having a look to navigate the ice channels. Every winter, much of the water surrounding Antarctica is frozen, when warmer weather comes, the ice starts to break up forming channels of water between large sheets of ice. Orca’s often swim up these channels in pursuit of prey such as giant Antarctic cod that come far into the ice, or closer inland seeking refuge. They have the advantage as they have gills. The orca must maintain a route along channels it can surface for air.

Make sure you took notes. There will be a quiz later.

  • i love orcas………………

  • that orca who said he hated the taste of penguin
    reminds me of Shark Tale
    y? cuz of Lenny, the shark
    remember people? he was a vegetarian 🙂

  • bobo

    chicken of the ice gold.

  • what’s wally making

  • Izzieluv


  • BriGuy

    I like Osborne’s and the other penguines expresions in the second panel! 😀

  • crazycat12

    i like seeing their expressions when orcas do that to but it is kinda mean

  • crazycat12

    if waly swallowed his tounge then how come i can see it in his mouth (its blue / why is his tounge always blue)

  • Mike123

    I love how you drew the whales perfectly

  • snowyforest

    I love Wally’s expression in the second panel. 😎 😮

  • Whoisit

    A-HAHA! Actually it’s not funny that much, but the expressions in it ar HILLARIOUS! 😆 😆

  • I think Wally BIT his blue tongue instead of swallowing it. If I swallowed MY tongue, it would be weird.

  • Doing that on other people is very rude.=(

  • Steve the Orca is SUCH a jerk!

  • 45Liger


  • baybay2

    hi steveie. ahh what a cutie!