Spy-hopping Humpback

A mother humpback whale birthing in Hawaii takes a look around above water as her newborn calf builds up strength playing and swimming nearby. If you look closely, you can see the baby whale’s dorsal fin just to the left of mama.

Many whales and dolphins “spy-hop”–slowly rise above the surface, nearly vertically, until they are a good portion out of the water, and then slowly sink back into the ocean. It is thought that they do it to get a better view of predators, prey, and obstacles above sea level.

From the Photographer:

This was my first encounter with a whale breach. It was my birthday and I went on a whale watch cruise. It was an amazing cruise with so many whales.

Adult humpback whales are about the size of a school bus, which makes spy-hopping especially fun to watch.

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About Kim Ortiz

"I love all aspects of photography. I love traveling, chihuahuas, and eating out. I love Hawaii and my dream is to be a photographer on the beautiful island of Maui or the Big Island. I shoot with a Canon 5D Mark II camera with a few professional lenses. My favorite are the 85mm F1.2LII and the 70-200mm F2.8L II. I love collecting lenses and attending workshops and conferences to continue to stand out as a photographer and keep with with the trends of high school portrait photography." Kim Ortiz Photography is a Castle Hills portrait photographer specializing in stylish, modern, and high fashion senior portrait experience, and family, pets and corporate headshot portraits. Located in Castle Hills near Carrollton, Coppell, Frisco, and Plano, Texas Kim Ortiz Photography is Castle Hills' most sought after senior portrait photographer