Monday, September 26, 2005

Armed Dolphins Released Into Gulf of Mexico (Slashdot)

An anonymous reader writes "The Guardian is reporting on what may be the
weirdest Hurricane Katrina story yet. Military trained dolphins may have been
released into the wild by the Hurricane's devastation." From the article:
"Experts who have studied the U.S. 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
U.S. 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 U.S. 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 U.S.
defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly."

[via Slashdot: Science]

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