Watch this cheeky penguin hop aboard a research boat in Antarctica

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Turns out penguins are known to be curious.

The cheeky penguin hopped aboard (Matt McKay/Australian Antarctic Division)

Researchers sailing in Antarctica managed to capture the moment a penguin hopped aboard their boat and had a nose around, before jumping back into the icy waters.

The team were from the Australian Antarctic Programme, and had been collecting water samples from Newcomb Bay before they were interrupted.

Matt McKay, who is part of the group working at a permanent Antarctica base called the Casey Station, managed to snap the following video on the expedition.

And it wasn’t a one off. The expedition members reported having seven other penguins “drop in” that same day.

“Over the course of the day they were delighted to have eight curious penguins drop in to check out their work!” they tweeted.

Back he goes (Matt McKay/Australian Antarctic Division)
Back he goes (Matt McKay/Australian Antarctic Division)

Rather unpleasantly, it’s regurgitated krill. Adelie penguins, like the one starring in this clip, eat krill to the point of vomiting.

Maybe they aren’t so adorable after all.

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