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It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.
Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The US Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the US defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly.
'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'
Originally posted by Jakomo
If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said.
Originally posted by RANT
I can't imagine these million dollar investments wouldn't be tagged and traceable from satellite.
Originally posted by elitegamer23
if these dolphins were truly intelligent, they would call for jihad on the human species for destroying their ecosystem. this could b the start of ww3
Originally posted by djohnsto77
they're probably incapable of taking care of themselves in the wild.
Originally posted by WestPoint23
Ha! The dolphins are just the start, the US Navy is now currently training baby Great Whites! Just wait until they train them up to go after scuba divers
Dr. Evil: You know, I have one simple request. And that is to have sharks with frickin' laser beams attached to their heads!