Video: Heroic penguin escapes pod of killer whales by jumping onto boat of cheering tourists

Video: Heroic penguin escapes pod of killer whales by jumping onto boat of cheering tourists

The flightless bird repeatedly jumped out of the water in a dramatic chase

A penguin escaped a pod of chasing killer whales by leaping into a dinghy full of tourists after flinging itself headfirst into the side of the boat.

The flightless bird repeatedly jumped out of the water in a dramatic chase that circled the tour boat before it leapt aboard to the delight of the stunned passengers.

Travel blogger Matt Karsten, 40, and his wife Anna, 32, were taking a tour through icebergs in the Gerlache Strait, Antarctica, when a large group of orcas swam up to their Zodiac boat.

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The predators spotted a gentoo penguin swimming nearby and gave chase, darting between the tourist boats.

Footage shows the penguin leaping out of the icy water with the killer whales in close pursuit.

The penguin tries to get into one of the boats for safety but lands just short and bounces off the side of the vessel and back into the sea.

Seconds later, the penguin successfully makes it over the rim of the boat and is helped aboard by the cheering tourists.

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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