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Do you know the way to the beach? Two groups of penguins appear to stop for a chat

Do you know the way to the beach? Two groups of penguins appear to stop for a chat – before a couple get confused about which bunch they came with

  • A 30-second clip shows two groups of rockhopper penguins crossing paths
  • They were filmed in the Falkland Islands by Andrea Barlow, a museum director
  • Footage filmed on her mobile phone showed more than a dozen penguins 

Two groups of penguins have appeared to stop to exchange information as their paths crossed on their way to and from the sea. 

The 30-second clip went viral on social media after one of the penguins seemed to get confused about where it was going – forcing another penguin to hop after it so it could return to the group heading out to sea.

The penguins were filmed in the Falkland Islands by Andrea Barlow, the director of the Falkland Islands Museum & National Trust. 

The 30-second clip went viral on social media after one of the penguins seemed to get confused about where it was going – forcing another penguin to hop after it so it could return to the group heading out to sea in the Falkland Islands

Ms Barlow captioned the video: ‘The rockhoppers on the left are heading out to sea, the ones on the right are heading back to the rookery having been out at sea. I love the conflab they have when they meet… and the confused penguin at the end!!’

Footage filmed on her mobile phone showed more than a dozen penguins heading inland. The group, known as a waddle, passed another group of eight hopping in the opposite direction.

As the groups met they appeared to merge for a few seconds, almost as if they were swapping information.

Lots of chattering could be heard before the groups both continued on their journeys.

Footage filmed on her mobile phone showed more than a dozen penguins heading inland. The group, known as a waddle, passed another group of eight hopping in the opposite direction

Footage filmed on her mobile phone showed more than a dozen penguins heading inland. The group, known as a waddle, passed another group of eight hopping in the opposite direction

Ms Barlow captioned the video: 'The rockhoppers on the left are heading out to sea, the ones on the right are heading back to the rookery having been out at sea. I love the conflab they have when they meet... and the confused penguin at the end!!'

Ms Barlow captioned the video: ‘The rockhoppers on the left are heading out to sea, the ones on the right are heading back to the rookery having been out at sea. I love the conflab they have when they meet… and the confused penguin at the end!!’

One Twitter user said: 'I like the end bit when one of them forgets they are going fishing and joins the wrong group. Then another goes over and reminds them'

One Twitter user said: ‘I like the end bit when one of them forgets they are going fishing and joins the wrong group. Then another goes over and reminds them’

The video sparked hilarity when it was uploaded to Twitter because one penguin appeared to try to slip into the group heading back inland.

It forced another bird to break ranks to retrieve the almost-escapee. 

One Twitter user said: ‘I like the end bit when one of them forgets they are going fishing and joins the wrong group. Then another goes over and reminds them.’ 

Another added an imagined dialogue: ‘”Oh hey Bob! How’s the fishing?” “Pretty good. Plenty of krill about.” “Better get back to the nest soon or the Missus will kill me…” “Yeah, me too….” “Uh Fred. You’re supposed to be going fishing!” “Was I? Oh yeah. Jeez. Swear I’m going daft….”.’

The video sparked hilarity when it was uploaded to Twitter because one penguin appeared to try to slip into the group heading back inland

The video sparked hilarity when it was uploaded to Twitter because one penguin appeared to try to slip into the group heading back inland

One penned: ‘I think they were going back to get their bud — it looks like there were 8 coming down initially, and then only 7 continuing, so one of them seems to have gone uphill until their friend came back and squawked at them.’

Another said: ‘I just had another look and it looked like the one on the end ran back (hopped) to fetch the one that though it would go home again they hopped back together.’ 

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