I’ve seen things you Polar Bears wouldn’t believe…

Attack Seals on Ice, off the Shoulder of the North Pole

or, put another way, “wow, look at that humongous seal!  Think it’s edible?”

Plus, the “somebody’s got stones” post… intuit the camera angle… (yeah, it might be a different time of day… but those are polar bears.  I mean, c’mon….)

(hat tip to the Dad, for a real winner)

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  1. Alex

     /  July 10, 2008

    This reminds me of a story told to me by a fellow graduate student long ago. The graduate student was a navy enlisted submariner before he left the service and went to grad. school in chemistry. He told me about the surreal nature and sometimes nonchalant behavior that occurred on a submarine out in the middle of nowhere. His favorite was being out in the middle of south pacific, on a beautiful calm day, surfaced for some fresh air with the rest of the crew where upon they were given permission to go swimming.
    Swimming out in the middle of the pacific with no “bottom” to the pool and only the sub as your only shore is weird enough, but the more interesting part he told me was that the activity had sailors at the stern and aft of the sub, armed with M16s on “shark watch”. No one though otherwise about this silent guard and it was a great time had by all according to him.

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  2. Tony

     /  July 10, 2008

    Fewer ships and compressed schedules make “swim call” an increasingly rare event. Sharks aren’t the only thing mitigating against swim call. It’s also very difficult to keep a ship stationary in the water and closeby its cohort swimming offboard. The few times I experienced an open-ocean swim call, I was grateful that the Navy had taught me survival swimming, and particularly grateful that the ship put a boat in the water to round up stray swimmers.

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  3. Mike

     /  July 10, 2008

    I wonder what the bears were actually thinking. Along the lines of “food?”, or maybe “Hey nuke power! Obviously you guys are not Greenpeace!”, or perhaps “hey buddy, can I get a lift to Hawaii?”

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  4. convivialdingo

     /  July 11, 2008

    Great pictures!!

    I’d love to see more!

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