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(Military.com)   Step aside, Navy seals and vintage Fark photoshoppers, and meet the military dolphins that protect a quarter of America's nuclear stockpile   (military.com) divider line
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849 clicks; posted to STEM » on 25 Jan 2022 at 6:05 AM (21 weeks ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook



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2022-01-25 6:22:59 AM  
Militarized walruses?   Nor THAT would be badass!

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2022-01-25 6:25:59 AM  
I don't know about you guys, but I sleep better at night knowing those dolphins are patrolling around those Minuteman III silos.
 
2022-01-25 6:34:59 AM  
What could possibly go wrong?
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Fa love Pa.
 
2022-01-25 8:14:03 AM  
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2022-01-25 9:21:27 AM  
Hot Dolphin!
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2022-01-25 9:51:17 AM  
Some of those aquatic mammals are true patriots.

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/Inside Job, on Netflix. The best part: he's voiced by John Dimaggio!
 
2022-01-25 9:53:47 AM  
 
2022-01-25 10:56:40 AM  
 
2022-01-25 12:46:34 PM  
They don't even give them guns or attach frickin' lasers to their heads?
 
2022-01-25 1:22:38 PM  
TFA has me wondering how a dolphin can attach a buoy to an uncooperative diver. It says the sea-lions use a handcuff thingie but the dolphins don't need it.
 
2022-01-25 2:04:19 PM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: TFA has me wondering how a dolphin can attach a buoy to an uncooperative diver. It says the sea-lions use a handcuff thingie but the dolphins don't need it.


I don't think Dolphins have much bite force, so my guess is an upscaled version of a burr on a pad the the dolphin holds in his mouth and just pushes into the diver's back.
Sea lions are good chompers, so I'm guessing it is a metal cuff that they crush closed around a leg/wrist
 
2022-01-25 2:08:29 PM  

CordycepsInYourBrain: TFA has me wondering how a dolphin can attach a buoy to an uncooperative diver. It says the sea-lions use a handcuff thingie but the dolphins don't need it.



https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Navy_Marine_Mammal_Program: "...when an enemy diver is detected by a dolphin, the dolphin approaches from behind and bumps a device into the back of the enemy's air tank. This device is attached to a buoy which then explodes, alerting the Navy personnel of the intruder. Sea lions carry a similar device in their mouth, but instead attach it by hand-cuffing one of the enemy's limbs. The animals depend on their superior underwater senses and swimming ability to defend against counterattacks."

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/so unlike this mine-clearing fella who releases the locating pinger without booping the mine with its snoot, it looks like the force protection dolphins release the locating pingers by booping the opposing diver's tank with their snoots, swimming away while no doubt getting a cetacean-like laugh at the silly human flailing at his tank while being helplessly carried to the surface by the buoy.
 
2022-01-25 4:19:45 PM  
Not all of the Navy's attempts with using marine life worked as well, though

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