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Does Iran have a pod of Soviet killer dolphins ?

Posted on Monday, 13 January, 2020 | Comment icon 11 comments

Should we be worrying about killer dolphins ? Image Credit: US Navy
It turns out that there is a possibility, albeit a small one, that Iran's Navy includes trained dolphin assassins.
As far back as the 1960s, militaries around the world have been dabbling with the idea of training dolphins to attack, sabotage or spy on their enemies.

Russia in particular was notorious for its dolphin-based military projects and according to reports, some of the animals that it trained to kill enemy divers may have since ended up in Iran.

The story goes that in 1991 after the collapse of the Soviet Union, a unit of military trained dolphins was sent to the Crimean Peninsula where they were taught to attack enemy frogmen with harpoons and to blow up enemy ships kamikaze style using explosive sea mines strapped to their bodies.

This crack unit of dolphins however ultimately ended up being sold to Iran sometime around the year 2000 where they reportedly continued their training as part of the country's own military efforts.
Today, the fate of these animals remains unclear, however it is assumed Iran still has them.

Given that dolphins can live up to 50 years, it is possible that some of them are still around.

So could they actually be deployed as part of any future conflict between Iran and the US ? The chances are extremely remote - not to mention that they would be positively ancient by now.

As things stands, geriatric dolphins armed with harpoons are probably the least of our worries.

Source: Boing Boing | Comments (11)

Tags: Dolphins

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #2 Posted by Jujo-jo on 13 January, 2020, 16:40
Highly unlikely, I can't buy into this idea. I guess anything is possible but my opinion is no, they aren't going to waste time and money on this because it's too fun doing the other things that they are already doing and it doesn't fit into their MO.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nnicolette on 13 January, 2020, 17:01
I hate when they make a whole article out of "Hey guys guess what i imagined is possible, for no verifiable reason whatsoever"... And here I thought ww3 was beginning to look interesting.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Manwon Lender on 13 January, 2020, 17:24
Breaking News What was thought be packs of killer Dolphins has turned out to be the Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, and some of his ugly wives Skinny Dipping in the strait of Harmuz. It appears that photos were taken of them breaking the surface of the water with their mouths open. Because of poor dental care, it appeared that they could have been trained Dolphins, however further observation has ruled that theory out. Stay tuned for further Breaking News from the Strait of Harmuz peace
Comment icon #5 Posted by Hammerclaw on 13 January, 2020, 19:26
Meh. They don't stand a chance against our weaponized pods of killer whales.
Comment icon #6 Posted by XenoFish on 13 January, 2020, 21:16
Comment icon #7 Posted by Captain Risky on 13 January, 2020, 21:32
Comment icon #8 Posted by esoteric_toad on 14 January, 2020, 12:43
They ride on the hyper sonic missiles.
Comment icon #9 Posted by third_eye on 14 January, 2020, 12:58
Just wait till Japan completes the incubator for Godzilla... ~
Comment icon #10 Posted by XenoFish on 14 January, 2020, 13:13
What do you think they are really doing at fukushima.
Comment icon #11 Posted by aztek on 14 January, 2020, 22:16
very possible, russia and usn has trained dolphins, and i have no doubt others do too. 

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