Home / Photography / An Incredible Encounter with a Friendly Penguin in Antarctica

An Incredible Encounter with a Friendly Penguin in Antarctica

Imagine that you're on vacation and trying to snap a picture of a glacier in beautiful Neko Harbor, Antarctica, but you're interrupted by someone who wants you to photograph them instead. Ordinarily, this would be pretty obnoxious. But what if that someone was a cute penguin? It wouldn't be annoying, it'd be adorable! This actually happened to Reddit user land_of_ice during their trip to the frozen Antarctic and resulted in some once-and-a-lifetime images.

We see a special penguin spot land_of_ice from a distance and waddle towards the camera. It stops in front of the photographer and strikes a pose, clearly unafraid of human presence. The penguin stands still long enough for the Reddit user to capture several shots of the photogenic creature.

This particular penguin is of the Gentoo species, and it can be easily identified by the white “bonnet” across its head. Although the Gentoo have many predators in the water such as sea lions and orca whales, they have no enemies on land. It makes them eager to greet a stranger during a visit to this incredible place.








land_of_ice Reddit page and Imgur post
via [Viralnova]

Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met and Manager of My Modern Met Store. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.

Want to become a My Modern Met Member?

Find out how by becoming a Patron. Check out the exclusive rewards, here.

Sponsored Content