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Undertoad 05-23-2003 01:10 PM

5/23/2003: Bear eats sub

Polar bears, it turns out, are generally kind of dumb. Everything they see represents some kind of food. Although when you're near the north pole, there isn't much that moves that isn't food.

And so when the US submarine Connecticut, in training exercises near the North Pole, poked its sail and rudder through the ice, this bear figured that it was getting a fine treat, perhaps some free whale meat. And it tried to chow down. The crew took these shots via the periscope.

The sub took some minor damage but surely not so much that it affected its operation at all, one would imagine...

To link this up to another thread, apparently one of the subs' jobs is to use sonar to measure the ice thickness to track the effects of global warming. Apparently the warming affects the bears a great deal.

xoxoxoBruce 05-23-2003 03:38 PM

Gosh, I guess we'll have to take this global warming seriously if our subs are going to be in danger of bear attacks.;)

Griff 05-23-2003 04:23 PM

See, what he ordered was a hoagie.<groan>

wolf 05-23-2003 07:35 PM


There is a GREAT Philly Cheese Steak and Hoagie (the real deal) place in Bradford County! I didn't believe it until I tasted it, but Lisa's Little Philly Cheese Steaks ARE the real thing, not imitation. :) :drool:

It's a hike from Grifftopia, but if you're wandering through ...

Whit 05-23-2003 11:38 PM

&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Any word on how much sub was above ice here? I'm just looking for some perspective on the size of the bear.

elSicomoro 05-23-2003 11:47 PM

I watched some show on Discovery a while back about polar bears on Svalbard (in the North Atlantic). Very interesting stuff.

This is the time of year where the bears are coming out of hibernation, and desperately need some food. Usually, they feed on seals, though males will eat anything. The ladies are cautious to stay away from them until mating season, for they or their cubs could be his next meal.

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