Coast Guard Unicorn Redux

| September 29, 2020

Unicorn Rescued From Shark Attack

Posted here earlier, the crew of USCGC Kimball were enjoying swim call in the middle of the Pacific Ocean when an uninvited guest swam up to investigate. The intruder was spotted by the Shark Watch, Maritime Law Enforcement Specialist First Class Cintron, who opened fire on the Mako. He managed to distract the shark long enough for everyone to safely board their vessel. Including a large, inflatable Unicorn.

ChipNASA sends.

Giant inflatable unicorn seen on Coast Guard shark video now on display in New London

By Julia Bergman

For the crew of the Coast Guard cutter Kimball, life at sea had become monotonous.

On patrol in the western Pacific Ocean looking for illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing, crew members hadn’t been off the ship in weeks. After finishing their operations for the day on Aug. 26, they finally had the opportunity for some down time, which meant swimming and unwinding with a giant inflatable unicorn in the open ocean.

Then a call came over the Kimball’s radio: “Shark!”

A 6- to 8-foot shark, which the Coast Guard suspects was a Longfin mako or Pelagic thresher, was swimming toward a group of 30 to 40 crew members about 30 feet away from the boat.

Per protocol, Maritime Enforcement Specialist 1st Class Samuel Cintron was on duty as the armed shark watch during the swim call, and he opened fire into the water to direct the shark away from his shipmates.

“The shark would wave off with each burst but kept coming back toward our shipmates,” a now widely shared post on the Kimball’s Facebook page says. The crew scattered. Some scrambled up a rope ladder at the rear of the ship and others climbed aboard a smaller boat that had been looking after the swimmers.

“All hands are safe and accounted for. We even saved the inflatable unicorn!” the Kimball’s Facebook post says.

Not only is the unicorn safe, it’s found a new home — perched atop a glass case in the Coast Guard Museum at the Coast Guard Academy in New London.

For museum curator Jennifer Gaudio, the unicorn, which has been signed by the crew, is a visual representation of something military museums often don’t do a good job of showing: the human side of military service.

Considering the source, I first thought this was from The Duffel Blog, but no, it’s legit. Read the entire article here: The Day

Thanks, Chip.

Category: Coast Guard, Guest Link, Humor

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  1. Ex-PH2 says:

    I still that mako just want to party hearty with the water dogs.

  2. 11B-Mailclerk says:




  3. Sparks says:

    Shoot to warn off?

    Shark is not bad eating.

  4. 5th/77th FA says:

    “…illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing,…” If they had of gone a little ways further south, they could have found that Chinese Communist Fishing Fleet doing plenty of that.

    The ChiComs woulda thought the floating unicorn was a sea dragon, fired upon it and given our Puddle Pirates reason to blow those pirates out of the water. Imma sure the Peruvians/Ecuadorians woulda overlooked that whole, “out of their jurisdiction” thing.

    Glad that the Unicorn, the Coasties, AND the Shark are all OK. Nice to know that the Unicorn has a new home. Were the Coasties able to make cotton candy from the Unicorn Farts?

    It is also good to know that The Chipster has plenty of free time to bring us stories to amuse and entertain us.

    Now if someone would just go back to the thread with the phony seal and give an AYE Vote for the deployment of the HoI, Chip would have something TRULY productive to do. We have a motion, a second, and an AMEN, but I think we technically/legally need an AYE. Thank ya veera much!

    • ChipNASA says:

      If I’m not mistaken, and I’m not, I checked, Mr 5th/77th FA, “throwin the huge load of steel and shit at folks we don’t like”, is correct. e have an Amen, and also Ex Coelis said “And in keeping with Equality – Awomen, in response to Skippy’s “Amen”, however I’m going to pause on a technicality for the moment that I believe those were in response to aGrimm’s comment that basically called ole Dan a gigantic Turd, so, that doesn’t give us the “Aye” usually needed. That being said, if we can’t get one shortly, I’ll make a command decision and consider those as a secondary Aye and probably drop the HoI on ole Dan Dickless Greenwell.
      I will go back to the thread and request the prescribed “Aye” to poke the crown.

      Thanks all,

    • ChipNASA says:

      I also may consider including the Church in the HoI as they are being contemptable and have edited multiple times, their social media page on their Church’s web page to list Dan as a SEAL despite being notified multiple times that he is a phony.
      So there.

  5. ChipNASA says:

    I’m sorry, I agree, I thought this was duffle blog or some other fake news source when I saw this and yes it was funny when I first saw it and then it was outrageous when I saw this. I mean, YHGTBSM, the museum in New London??
    Well, I was kinda shocked when I saw bikinis and one piece swimwear on the ship (ship? boat? boat? ship? or right the old ditty.. “A ship can carry a boat, but a boat cannot carry a ship.” )
    Anyway, so there were Coasties of the vaginal persuasion on board, surprise but this unicorn thingie in the museum, well shit….
    I can only hold off and post this and say for the time being, I’m stealing it from the usual Navy memes…
    Chip OUT!!!

  6. BruteLarson407 says:

    I am embarrassed. I was on shark watch if or when I was underway back in the day of 36 and 44 foot Motor Lifeboats, and the guys decided to take a dunk. It was usually a guy who shined at the range, and didn’t particular want to get soaked. I fit the bill. The ranges we shot at with the M-16 A2 were nothing to crow about if you scored well. Pistol range was same as everyone else with the ‘Heaven Eleven.” I would NOT have tolerated inflatable unicorns…EVER. I can imagine someone putting an inflatable sex doll in the water for a laugh, but it never happened. Out.

  7. Mason says:

    That unicorn isn’t the hero we need, but it’s the hero we deserve.

  8. Skippy says:


  9. Roh-Dog says:

    I don’t know where else to put this, and I’m pretty fucking hammered, that debate was fucking tits!
    By which I mean awful.
    FUUUUUUCK Joe Biteme.
    The dude is a tuuuuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrdddddddddd.
    Oh, and fuck Chris Wilhelm-all-ass.
    Now back to the regularly schdyaled drinking: bloody Mary’s with hoursradush and fucking hot sauce!

    Ps, not going to the Coastie museum, 40ish minutes away, to go see that ghey ass unicorn.
    Pps, anyone wanna go to the ghey coast guard museum to see their stupid unicorn? Oh, what’s the coast guard you ask? It’s a branch of the military…kinda…sometimes…but not really ever.

    • ChipNASA says:

      This almost makes me want to start drinking again, for the old fun, but not.
      That being said, one of the funniest things I read by a friend Randy, who may or may not post here under a different name or whatever, but, he posted… (and I truly laughed my ass off and I can’t say because I have another 2 weeks of Book of Face NAUGHTY restriction, )

      Randy said….

      “I would have played the debate drinking game, but I have to drive to jobsite.
      In New York.
      Next week.”….

      😀 😀 😀 😀 😀