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Russia's military is now recruiting dolphins

By T.K. Randall
March 11, 2016 · Comment icon 7 comments



Dolphins can be surprisingly effective military assets. Image Credit: US Navy
A defense ministry tender published online this week has called for five dolphins with 'perfect teeth'.
The mysterious military notice specified that Russia was willing to pay the sum of $24,000 to a broker who could provide three male and two female bottlenose dolphins.

The tender stipulated that the animals should be ready and willing to "display motor activity" and needed to be around average length which, in the case of a dolphin, is around 8-9ft long.

There is no indication of exactly what the dolphins will be used for however the notice does imply that Russia may still be dabbling with the idea of deploying the animals during military operations.
The concept is actually not as silly as it sounds because the Soviets had previously used dolphins during the Cold War and the US military is also known to have trained dolphins as well.

Being intelligent and highly proficient swimmers, the animals were used for a number of different tasks including rescuing mariners, locating underwater mines and even spying on the enemy.

Whether Russia will be able to find any candidates for its latest project however remains to be seen.

Source: Washington Post | Comments (7)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by paperdyer 7 years ago
The articles says 4 dolphins but the headline says 5. Four makes more sense, but perfect teeth and show motor activity? Sounds like something from a Sci-Fi movie. Wouldn't the trainer of the dolphins have to be part of the package? Don't dolphins become attached to their trainers?
Comment icon #2 Posted by Summerin1905 7 years ago
well at least they're not eating them that a improvement!
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lucas Cooper Merrin 7 years ago
They have been blowing on about militarised dolphins for years! Its total BS
Comment icon #4 Posted by Infernal Gnu 7 years ago
So sad that poor animals have to be militarised.
Comment icon #5 Posted by AustinHinton 7 years ago
They have been blowing on about militarised dolphins for years! Its total BS I heard one story that they were going to be strapped with explosives and used as living torpedoes. A similar idea was proposed during WWII with bats. Basically, the bats (brown myotis, I believe) were to be strapped with tiny explosives and released from bombers over Germany, the bats would roost in buildings and the explosives triggered at a later date.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Imaginarynumber1 7 years ago
Comment icon #7 Posted by kartikg 7 years ago
So sad that poor animals have to be militarised. Dogs have been in military from long time next are dolphins.


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