January 1947 | Task Force 68, Operation Highjump | Little America IV, Antarctica
I hope for the penguins sake that Operation Highjump was the name of the mission these men were on and not what they were trying to get the penguin to do….
Looks more like Robo-Penguin to me.
I don’t like the looks of where this is headed…
That is the penguin they caught and kept for a few days as a pet. Highjump was the name of the mission and had nothing to do with the penguin. From http://www.south-pole.com/canisteo2.htm:
“The curiosity of the penguins on the icebergs was interesting. Once, some of the men took a launch out into the icepacks where they came upon a penguin alone on an iceberg. The men decided to try and catch him, so they circled around him and eventually closed in enough so that one of the guys could tackle him to take back to the ship.
The ship’s mascot, “Scamper”, had one encounter with the penguin. Scamper, a dog, belonged to one of the sailors. The dog was a pathetic looking stray in Norfolk, VA when brought aboard the ship just prior to departure for the Antarctic. He earned his name because he’d run from focel to stern for his daily exercise. He was a healthy, well-fed “survivor” of the expedition! However, poor Scamper got pecked by the penguin right on the nose and would never get near that bird again!
We kept the penguin in the “spud locker”. The penguin would only eat live fish so we could only keep it for a few days. (The navy wanted us working … not catching fish all day!) When we let him go, he dived under the ship to the other side, then back up again, quacking like a duck at us! He then took off for parts unknown.”
I bet they were all thinking “I wonder what penguin tastes like”
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