A spyhop is when a whale positions itself vertically in the water to have a look around. The whale hops its head up to spy on its surroundings.
Because their eyes are located relatively far back on the head, true spyhops are uncommon. Most peeks involve the whale bringing its eyes to just below the surface to look around. A curious whale might check out the swimmers or a whale boat. Spyhopping is often seen during courtship, or dancing behaviors.
Spyhopping is not as frequently seen as some of the other surface behaviors which makes it all the more special. And, because the whale is showing interest in us, it can be a very moving experience.