Penguin escapes killer whales by leaping onto boat full of tourists

A penguin has been caught on camera escaping a pod of killer whales by jumping onto a boat full of tourists. The frightened animal was being pursuing by orcas in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, and could be seen repeatedly jumping out of the water as dinghies full of tourists watched. Travel blogger Matt Karsten, 40, and his wife Anna, 32, were filming the penguin when it tried to jump into one of the boats, before bouncing back into the sea. The animal then made a second attempt, this time landing on the side of the dinghy. . Matt said. It was crazy to see in person. It was like watching a National Geographic episode on location. I imagine the penguin was very relieved to get away. The couple, who have visited more than 50 countries since 2010, had been heading out for a scenic Zodiac cruise between icebergs when they spotted the large pod of orcas in the water. Matt continued. They swam right up to the camera and said hello. Suddenly the orcas started chasing a gentoo penguin trying to eat it. . Back and forth they went with the penguin swimming fast with the orcas on its trail. Eventually the poor penguin tried to jump into a nearby Zodiac boat. The penguin failed at first, falling back into the water, but then managed on the second attempt. After the penguin jumped aboard, the boat immediately sped away from the spot. In the clip, one person can be heard saying here comes the orca, while another jokes. Now the orca is going to jump in. Matt, who calls himself the Expert Vagabond, said. The orcas did follow the Zodiac boat for a while. They did give up in the end leaving the penguin safe with his new friends. . After cruising for a little bit, the penguin said goodbye to the boat and hopped back into the icy water. .

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