South Georgia Island and the Falklands- in benefit of the South Georgia Heritage Trust - naturalrealm

A gentoo penguin rides a wave as a group comes onshore. Several of his mates can be seen drafting the wave as well. This appears to be an adaptation for avoiding predators, but it also looks like fun! Gentoo penguins are among the fastest swimmers of all birds - reaching up to 20 mph as they porpoise.