Guirec Soudée, a 24-year-old Frenchman, is sailing the world with his pet hen, Monique. After setting sail from the Canary Islands in 2014, the unlikely pair have built up quite a following after being picked up by French media.
During the two years they have sailing across the Atlantic to the Caribbean before arriving in Greenland where they’re currently based. While Soudée sails, Monique is free to explore the deck and lay daily eggs.
“I knew she was the one straight away,” Guirec tells the BBC, “She was only about four or five months old then, and had never left the Canary Islands. I didn’t speak any Spanish and she didn’t speak any French, but we got along.”
Soudée always knew he wanted to bring a pet companion, but had never thought about a hen. He was told that she would be too stressed to lay eggs at sea, but Monique has apparently adapted very well, laying six each week on average, even in the cold climes of Greenland.