A group of tourists in a boat in Antartica were part of a chase scene as a gentoo penguin was swimming away from a pod of killer whales and jumped into their boat to escape being eaten.

The whole thing was captured on film.

The Good News Network reports that the successful jump happened only after a first attempt had failed, when the small animal flung itself headfirst into the side of the boat and bounced back into the water.

Travel blogger Matt Karsten and his wife Anna were taking a tour through the icebergs of the Gerlache Strait in Antarctica, when they saw the incredible chase unfold.

In the video below, the life-saving leap happens at 2:00, ending the long chase sceneā€¦