The camera was already rolling when one of the penguins kicked it and angled it directly at its face.
The Australia Antarctic Division shared the clip by explorer Eddie Gault on social media Thursday, the Post reported.
"Because everyone has that one friend", quips the paper, another penguin soon nudges its way into the frame.
It's not the first time, of course, that an animal selfie has made headlines - or even the first time a penguin in Antarctica has captured itself on camera.
According to National Geographic, emperors are the largest of all penguins, averaging 45 inches tall and weighing as much as 88 pounds.
They may not fly, but penguins are apparently really good at capturing a selfie.
Being naturally inquisitive animals, the two penguins can be seen leaning in to investigate the alien object having knocked it onto its back.
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