In the Ukraine conflict, Russia reportedly recruits trained dolphins to protect its navy

In the Ukraine conflict, Russia reportedly recruits trained dolphins to protect its navy ...

Have you ever heard of military-trained dolphins? Actually, the use of sea mammals for military purposes is nothing new. For years, countries such as the United States, Israel, and the Soviet Union have been exploring the potential and limitations of marine mammals such as dolphins, whales, sea lions, and seals in the military.

According to the Washington Post, Russia''s military was looking for five bottlenose dolphins with good abilities to train them for military purposes back in 2016.

According to Russia''s official television, the country was experimenting with beluga whales, seals, and bottlenose dolphins in order to safeguard the entrances to naval facilities.

Russia seems to be undergoing experiment now, as it deployed dolphins at the entrance of Sevastopol harbor for its ongoing invasion of Ukraine, according to USNI News.

Two transportable dolphin pens were once discovered at the entrance of Sevastopol harbor, which has a deep geopolitical significance with its proximity to the southern edge of the Crimean Peninsula. Russia has decided to shift its focus towards obtaining complete control of Ukraine''s eastern and southern territories. Thus, it intends to establish a land bridge to Crimea, which Russia has taken back in 2014.

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What do military dolphins do?

In the most basic sense, these mammals'' aim is to identify threats and targets at depth and under thick water. While even today''s technology is still struggling with these obstacles, mammals'' capabilities appear to be crucial to military use.

The US Navy, for example, trains its marine mammals to findequipment lost at sea and to detect intruders entering restricted areas.

Bottlenose dolphins are well-known for their ability todetect mines faster than any other equipment out there. In addition to that, dolphins'' finely-tunned sonars make them very useful in close-to-shore areas, because mechanical systems are overwhelmed by excessive noise generated by crashing surf and ship traffic.

In the present case, Russia may utilize dolphins to detect any underwater hazards caused by Ukraine, such as divers. They may also be helpful to detect mines that are causing concern by drifting in the Black Sea.

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