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spyhop

[spahy-hop]Animal Behavior
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noun
    1. a vertical half-rise out of the water performed by a whale in order to view the surroundings.
    2. a springing bounce in tall grasses performed by certain land mammals, as foxes and wolves, to view the surroundings.
verb (used without object), spy·hopped, spy·hop·ping.
  1. to perform such a rise or bounce.

Origin of spyhop

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Historical Examples

  • They have been reported pitchpoling (spy-hopping), lobtailing, and—rarely—breaching.

    Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic

    Stephen Leatherwood