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SPYHOPPING - CONSIGNMENT #85/100

Edition Date: March 2005
Artist: Roy Henry Vickers
Medium: Serigraph 
Image Size: 18 1/2" x 5 1/2"

We were crossing the Catface Bar at sunset on a return trip from Hotsprings Cove, the sun had set leaving us in the afterglow. The sea was calm and I thought I saw some unusual movement off to the port side so I stopped to have a look. In the silence with the motors shut down there was a loud blow from a whale very close to us. We looked to the sound and saw a whale with the head raised straight up and far enough out of the water that it's eye was above the waterline. This peculiar action is called spyhopping by whale watchers. I could not help but imagine that it was standing on the ocean floor and holding itself up to have a look at the world above the sea surface. In those early days it was uncommon to see humpback whales inside the surfline. Today they are a common sight and can be seen breaching and, if you are fortunate, spyhopping.

Story

We were crossing the Catface Bar at sunset on a return trip from Hotsprings Cove, the sun had set leaving us in the afterglow. The sea was calm and I thought I saw some unusual movement off to the port side so I stopped to have a look. In the silence with the motors shut down there was a loud blow from a whale very close to us. We looked to the sound and saw a whale with the head raised straight up and far enough out of the water that it's eye was above the waterline. This peculiar action is called spyhopping by whale watchers. I could not help but imagine that it was standing on the ocean floor and holding itself up to have a look at the world above the sea surface. In those early days it was uncommon to see humpback whales inside the surfline. Today they are a common sight and can be seen breaching and, if you are fortunate, spyhopping.