Hilarious moment penguins glide and slide into the water as they try to land on a piece of floating Antarctic ice
- Gentoo penguins circled around a piece of ice before they repeatedly tried to mount it
- At least a dozen do not succeed in stopping the landing, sliding and even bouncing off the piece
- The passer-by said the “determined” birds were “not at all successful.”
Penguins even slide, slide and bounce off a floating piece of Antarctic ice in chilly waters as they repeatedly attempt to climb the lump.
Video filmed by a passer-by shows a series of gentoo penguins circling around a piece of ice off the coast of Antarctica before at least a dozen attempt to climb it.
They can be seen running out of 2C water as they keep trying to plant both feet with flippers on top of the floating ice.
Some manage to get on top before they slide back, while others simply land on their fronts in a ‘belly flop’ and bounce back hilariously.
The passerby said: “While filming penguins in Antarctica, I noticed that they were determined to land on this little piece of ice, although it failed completely.”
Video filmed by a passer-by shows a raft of gentoo penguins (photo) circling around a lonely piece of ice off the coast of Antarctica before at least a dozen tries to mount it
They can be seen running out of 2C water as they keep trying to plant their feet on the floating piece of ice
Gentoo penguins are one of the seven species of penguins found in Antarctica, and the third largest – up to 35 inches long – after emperor and king penguins.
They are easily recognizable by a striking broad white stripe that extends over the top of their head like a cap.
Gentoo penguins also have whitish pink flippers and a prominent tail.
The 12 pound species are among the fastest in the penguin, and are known to reach speeds of 20 mph while hunting krill, squid and fish.
Since last year, the IUCN Red List says the gentoo is the least endangered among penguins, although rapid declines in some areas are thought to cause moderate overall decline in the entire species population.
Some manage to get on top before they slide straight back in, while others simply land on their fronts in a ‘belly flop’ and bounce back hilariously