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   Undertoad  Friday Apr 9 11:14 AM

4/9/2004: Polar bears interact with submarine

Another annual thing? Last year we had a sole polar bear attacking and trying to eat a sub, now this much finer, higher-quality shot of *three* bears taking a curious look at what has popped out of the ice next to them.

I guess they took the first shot from the periscope:

I doubt these animals have any fear in them whatsoever, but he's gotta be saying "what the fuck??" when faced with an enormous black beast pushing through the ice. They are beautiful creatures.

Thanks to whomever sent these along - I forgot to remember again.

CharlieG  Friday Apr 9 12:01 PM

I know, I know - I've used this before (recently) but whenever polar bears come up, it springs to mind

Polar Bears are Nothing but rectangular bears after a coordinate transform...

(Of course it should be Cartesian Bears, but....)

glatt  Friday Apr 9 12:03 PM

Those are some really neat pictures. I imagine the pictures were taken from the periscope. If that's the case, nobody ever popped a hatch open, and the bears never got the scent of a human. It's just a UFO to them.

I wonder if the bears cought the scent of a human. Does anyone know details about what subs do in this instance? I'm pretty sure I read that they manufacture their own fresh air, so they only surface to use the radio. And even then, they can receive low-frequency instructions while submerged.

lumberjim  Friday Apr 9 12:08 PM

i forgot to include this part in the email i sent you:

031000-N-XXXXB-001 Arctic Circle (Oct. 2003) -- Three Polar bears approach
> the starboard bow of the Los Angeles-class fast attack submarine USS
> Honolulu (SSN 718) while surfaced 280 miles from the North Pole. Sighted
> a lookout from the bridge (sail) of the submarine, the bears investigated
> the boat for almost 2 hours before leaving. Commanded by Cmdr. Charles
> Harris, USS Honolulu while conducting otherwise classified operations in
> Arctic, collected scientific data and water samples for U.S. and Canadian
> Universities as part of an agreement with the Artic Submarine Laboratory
> (ASL) and the National Science Foundation (NSF). USS Honolulu is the 24th
> Los Angeles-class submarine, and the first original design in her class to
> visit the North Pole region. Honolulu is as assigned to Commander
> Pacific, Submarine Squadron Three, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. U. S. Navy photo
> Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs. (RELEASED)

jdbutler  Friday Apr 9 03:07 PM

> Chief Yeoman Alphonso Braggs. (RELEASED)

Wonder if the bears got a whiff of the contents dumped in the yoemans pants?

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Apr 9 08:16 PM

Damnedest looking whale they ever saw.

francesthemute  Monday Mar 21 10:20 AM

That picture was taken by my Chief, Alphonso Braggs. This was what they call an ICEX that was done right after I got out of the Navy. That's one thing I have to give Chief Braggs....he ALWAYS had his camera ready and those shots have to be the best he's ever taken. Not sure why they surfaced but every once in awhile subs will come up if they are not on a "mission" just to rig the bridge and let me people go up and see some sunlight and catch some fresh air.

LabRat  Monday Mar 21 10:25 AM

I love the second one where (s)he's looking into the water. Wonder what (s)hes thinking...

Undertoad  Monday Mar 21 10:34 AM

Hey francesthemute, thanks for popping in and thank you for your service. We have another submariner on here so you're not alone. Those ARE great shots!

dar512  Monday Mar 21 02:43 PM

Originally Posted by LabRat
I love the second one where (s)he's looking into the water. Wonder what (s)hes thinking...
I can't tell for sure, but from the stance, I assumed that it was a she - whizzing on the sub.

mrnoodle  Monday Mar 21 04:55 PM

She's thinking, "mmm. sardines"

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