Threats Everywhere

Bear Attacks Sub

During the ICEX 2003 naval exercises near the North Pole, the American submarine Connecticut (SSN 22) poked it’s sail and rudder through the ice. When an officer looked around outside via the periscope, he noted that his sub was being stalked by a hostile polar bear. The periscope cam was turned on, and these photos of a polar bear chewing on the subs rear rudder resulted. The damage was said to be minor. The SSN 22 is a Seawolf class boat, one of the navy’s newest submarines. It wasn’t designed as a polar bear snack, but that’s how life is sometimes.

(From Dave’s Daily; click over for a photo)

5 thoughts on “Threats Everywhere”

  1. The next (and last) sub of this class will be named the ‘Jimmy Carter’ – did they run out of great states and presidents?

  2. Mmmm, Seawolf! Chock full of crunchy goodness, and good for gum health too!

    All we need to go along with this story is an endorsement from the Arctic Circle Veterinary Dental Association. Come to think of it, it’s a pity the sub wasn’t a Trident.

  3. I once read an article about a man who lived amongst polar bears. He noted how dominant polar bears are in their food chain. One quote in particular stuck with me:

    “In the polar bear’s world, there are only polar bears and food. You’d better convince them that you’re a polar bear.”

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