Once in a while a whale will lift its head vertically out of the water, as if it is taking a good look around. Allen Vinson recently photographed a Gray Whale doing just that.
As the whale's eyes don't always come out of the water, there is another theory. The whale might actually be listening, perhaps for the wave break, thereby checking its migration route. You know, there is so much we don't know about these wonderful creatures.
Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photo with you here.