Orcas, also know as “killer whales” are one of the smartest creatures on our whole planet. They live in groups called pods and are very social, often even hunting together in packs like wolves do.
They belong to the sub-order of toothed whales (known as odontocetes) but are also the largest member of the dolphin family. It gets kind of confusing, but technically all dolphins are whales, but not all whales are dolphins. All whales, dolphins, and porpoises are part of the animal group known as Cetacea, which is then split into two groups consisting of toothed whales, and non-toothed whales.
They will eat just about anything they can from various fish to otter, seals or penguins. In some areas, they even hunt sharks.
In the video, a group of tourists on a boat in the waters of Antarctica witness the dramatic scene unfold before their eyes. A gentoo penguin can be seen frantically trying to escape a pod of killer whales, darting in and out of the water as the orcas chase him down.
As the penguin swims towards the boat, it becomes clear that it is attempting to use it as a means of escape. And, in a moment of pure desperation, the penguin attempts to hop onto the boat itself, much to the surprise of the stunned tourists.
He can’t make it up and chases back around in a second attempt to get enough steam to make it to safety.
It’s a heart-pounding moment as the penguin makes the jump, it almost doesn’t make it as a man helps it up into safety.
That was a close one.
The penguin is safe as the killer whales come up next to the boat searching. The boat took the penguin just far enough away before it hopped back into the water.
Luckily for the people in the boat, the orca wasn’t quite willing to railroad their boat to knock the penguin off, but it would definitely be possible.
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