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Deadly Dolphins May Have Escaped

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posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 03:07 PM
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A respected accident investigator claims to have received reports that dolphins trained by the U.S. Navy to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater may have escaped into the Gulf of Mexico.
 



observer.guardian.co.uk
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.


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If the reports are accurate then precautions were not made to secure the dolphins. The military and naval authorities need to be more careful and if they could not be secured they should have been moved to another facility.


[edit on 2-10-2005 by DJDOHBOY]




posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 03:10 PM
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This makes three threads on this.

Dolphins used with the USN don't just swim around their pens with the equipment strapped on, be it a camera, or a dart gun, or whatever. It's strapped on before they go out for training, or whatever, and removed when they come back.



posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 04:10 PM
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Does anyone else find this amusing or is it just me?

'Quick guys, get the tuna nets the dolphins have escaped again"...



posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 04:15 PM
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I seriously doubt the authenticity of this story. However, if it is true, #1 the dolphins would not be armed with anything and #2 they'd probably already be dead since they don't know how to take care of themselves in the wild.



posted on Sep, 26 2005 @ 05:38 PM
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I'd kind of be careful on this one. Even if these dolphins don't have their dart guns they could still be dangerous. I know that the Navy had some trained dolphins in San Diego in 1983 and part of their training was to ram into divers. Dolphins have been known to kill sharks by ramming them. As far a their survival goes I wouldn't bet against them doing quite well. I know that I wouldn't want to dive in the area unless I knew what their training was. How were they taught to identify an intruder?




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