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42: Spy Hopping
Aug 23, 2005

When a whale sticks its head up out of the water for a look around up top, that’s called "spy hopping". The orcas in the video below are not busting up through the ice to gulp up penguins, but most likely 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. Orcas 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.


  1. dragon lova says:

    i love orcas………………

  2. 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 🙂

  3. bobo says:

    chicken of the ice gold.

  4. axis says:

    what’s wally making

  5. Izzieluv says:


  6. BriGuy says:

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

  7. crazycat12 says:

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

  8. crazycat12 says:

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

  9. Mike123 says:

    I love how you drew the whales perfectly

  10. snowyforest says:

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

  11. Whoisit says:

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

  12. Jenny says:

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

  13. Jenny says:

    Doing that on other people is very rude.=(

  14. Osbourne says:

    Steve the Orca is SUCH a jerk!

  15. 45Liger says:


  16. baybay2 says:

    hi steveie. ahh what a cutie!

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