Talk:Whale surfacing behaviour

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can someone knowledgable about such things provide some info on grounding (or "beaching") behavior in whales? tej 21:10, 22 January 2006 (UTC)


According to

"Logging is when a whale lies still at the surface of the water, resting, with its tail hanging down. While floating motionless, part of the head, the dorsal fin or parts of the back are exposed at the surface."

--Gray Porpoise 20:14, 27 November 2006 (UTC)


... I suggest that this page should be split into sub pages, now we have a Spy hopping page which is very thin. I suggest that we take this page and create Spy hopping and Breaching, keep this page but keep it resonably short and have links to the main articles for spy hopping and breaching. Comments?? Stefan 06:24, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

As I write it seems to be merged, which I think is right. The article is not very long. 22:59, 16 February 2007 (UTC)


This article only seems to be about the behaviour of whales when they surface. It doesn't cover all the other behaviour like calling, mating, migrating etc etc. Should it be "Whale surface behaviour" or something? In any case it should have links to those topics. Stevage 07:17, 29 March 2007 (UTC)


The article currently states that a whale will spyhop "to look at boats." This assumes that whales have at least near-human intelligence, that whales have a desire or need to look for boats (perhaps to avoid them, or out of curiousity which is entirely possible), and that whales did not spyhop before the existence of boats. However, common sense would suggest that they more likely developed the behaviour in order to look for prey, predators, or other whales. Either the statement needs to removed or it needs a reference.

Breaching in other species[edit]

Breaching currently redirects here, but this article only discusses whales. Other animals, such as dolphins, sharks, and rays, also breach. Should this page be altered to reflect this, or another page be set up? Im.a.lumberjack (talk) 02:26, 11 February 2008 (UTC)

It does talk about breaching in sharks and rays, not sure if dolphines breach or jump? :-) --Stefan talk 22:54, 11 February 2008 (UTC)
 -Don't dream it- be it! Wikipedia:BOLD  —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:18, 11 February 2008 (UTC) 


"Porpoising" is part of a section heading (and is referred to in the intro) but gets no further mention whatsoever. I presume it is a different behaviour from breaching/lunging, but related? It's frustrating that it's alluded to, but not explained at all! Ian Page (talk) 17:56, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

That would be when a small cetacean (typically delphinids, particularly gregarious ones) travels at speed at the surface, clearing the water's surface in quick, low-angle leaps, often repeatedly. All small cetaceans (dolphins included) were once referred to as porpoises (a term now only designated to the true porpoises, Phocoenidae), so any such animal performing such a series of low-angle leaps was considered to be "porpoising". Often a confusing term for those new to cetaceans. SaberToothedWhale (talk) 04:10, 28 January 2012 (UTC)
Look at the Fraser's dolphin page for an illustration of said behavior. SaberToothedWhale (talk) 04:15, 28 January 2012 (UTC)


It should seem obvious that some restructuring is in order. I suggest renaming the page to something like 'Marine surfacing behavior'. For one thing, the total number of non-whale species that exhibit these behaviors probably outnumbers whale species. This way, there probably isn't any need for spin-off pages, unless certain section(s) get overly expansive - which is unlikely considering the lack of attention this article seems to be getting. I imagine there are many articles that do or at least should link here. It would be important to name sections accordingly (for hash-links to sections). In addition, perhaps this should be added to other portal(s) / projects besides 'Cetacian'(?). ~Just my 0.0156€ worth (2¢), ~Eric F (talk) 21:11, 6 November 2012 (UTC)