Researchers in Antarctica were collecting water samples when an Adélie penguin made a surprise visit with an agile leap into their inflatable boat, though its form was hardly a perfect 10.
Matt McKay of the Australian Antarctic Division working out of the Casey research station captured video of the adorable moment in Newcombe Bay and posted it to Facebook.
The penguin missed the landing with a bit of a slip, but we’ll give it high marks otherwise.
After a quick perusal of the contents of the boat, the penguin turned and jumped back into the water, no doubt prompted by the researcher leaning toward it.
Viewers will no doubt question the blood on the adjoining ice floe. Remnants of a polar bear kill, perhaps?
No, it’s actually krill.
“The ‘red’ on the ice next to the penguin is regurgitated krill,” the Australian Antarctic Division explained on Facebook. “The Adélie penguins gorge themselves on krill and then spit up what their stomach can’t fit in.”
An AAD spokesman told the Daily Mail Australia that seven other curious penguins visited the researchers that day last week, though none apparently were as cute as this one.