Penguin Photobombs Coast Guard Picture

Coast Guard Penguin Photobomb
U.S. Coast Guard / Petty Officer 1st Class George Degener

When the 140-person crew of the USCGC Polar Star gathered for an official photo outside their icebreaker on Jan. 31, someone else waddled into the center and struck a pose: an Adelie penguin. The U.S. Coast Guard crew is on a 4-month mission to Antarctica as part of their annual operation to help ships resupply the National Science Foundation research center McMurdo Station. The icebreaker creates a channel through the McMurdo Sound so supply ships can deliver a year’s worth of food, fuel and other supplies. The curious penguin residents have been known to investigate their Coast Guard visitors in the dozens of years that they’ve been making this mission.

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