After all the decades of demeaning work for the folks at Sea World, war may be a welcome venue for dolphins to vent their frustration.
Loyal and fiercely intelligent, bottlenose cadets are trained to alert their human counterparts to suspicious objects underwater, protecting ships and harbors from terrorists and sea-based ne'er-do-wells. With more natural talent than a Navy SEAL, a dolphin can sniff out a mine, give a heads up to its crew, then leave a device, like an acoustic transponder, to lead divers to the weapon's location.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the media reported that 36 military dolphins went missing in the Gulf of Mexico, armed with poisoned darts and a compromised sense of right and wrong. The Navy dismissed the reports, asserting that none of their cetaceans are used for attack purposes. In related news, these aren't the droids you're looking for.
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