Almost anyone who’s visited a penguin tank at the zoo has noticed how these aquatic birds seem to fly underwater—flapping their front flippers and soaring as if in air. Only travelers encountering penguins in the wild, though, have been able to watch them “porpoising”—leaping dolphin-like above the water’s surface as they swim through the open ocean. Visitors to Antarctica almost always catch a glimpse of penguin groups traveling this way, especially if they have the opportunity to kayak. This penguin behavior allows them to breathe more efficiently when covering long distances.
To maximize encounters with Antarctic wildlife, all Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic Antarctica journeys are led by trained naturalists and marine biologists.