[ spahy-hop ]
/ ˈspaɪˌhɒp /
- a vertical half-rise out of the water performed by a whale in order to view the surroundings.
- 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.
to perform such a rise or bounce.
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They have been reported pitchpoling (spy-hopping), lobtailing, and—rarely—breaching.Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises of the Western North Atlantic|Stephen Leatherwood