Penguin in Antarctica Leaps into Passing Tourist Boat – Enjoys the Respite

An eager penguin leaped into a tourist boat and stayed onboard for 10 minutes to enjoy the above-water view with the other passengers.

Polar guide John Bozinov was leading a tour through Antarctica’s Ross Sea when a sole chinstrap penguin made a couple of attempts to jump onboard his Zodiac vessel.

The 30-year-old cut off the engine to make it easier for the animal to make the leap, and it finally landing successfully on the side of the boat next to one of the passengers.

The speculation is that the penguin was possibly trying to avoid predators in the water, like leopard seals and killer whales—especially because after he jumped ship, he hopped over to another vessel piloted by John’s colleague Steve Reynolds.