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Russia’s military is seeking some unusual recruits to join its defense strategy in Crimea. They don’t wear uniforms or carry guns. In fact, they don’t even have arms. According to AFP news agency, Russia is looking to enlist dolphins in its Naval operations!

According to the report, the ministry is looking for two female and three male dolphins between the ages of three and five and wants them delivered to the Crimean city of Sevastopol by August 1, 2016. The ministry did not state what specific tasks the dolphins will carry out, but surprisingly, dolphins have been used in the military since the days of the Cold War.

Both Russia and the U.S. have a long history of using dolphins and other mammals to identify submarines, mines, and suspicious underwater objects. Known as “battle dolphins,” these marine animals are trained to perform a number of naval tasks,” including patrolling open waters with detection devices, defending against mines or enemy divers, and even attack missions.

Thankfully, the U.S. Navy, which used dolphins and sea lions in the past to sweep for mines and carry out other underwater missions, announced in 2012 that the animals would be phased out and replaced by robots for such tasks. Despite the many advancements in technology, the Russian military is still using these animals.

Strangely, the Russian military is also requesting that the dolphins have perfect teeth. The reason why isn’t detailed, but the request makes just about as much sense as using dolphins for war in the first place. In the military, animals are stripped of their freedom and forced to perform unnatural behaviors, just the same as in marine parks – only in combat, these animals are put at even higher safety risks.  Let’s get one thing straight: dolphins are not military equipment! Just because we can use these animals in such ways, does not mean we should.

Lead image source: Corey.C/Flickr



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14 comments on “WTH?! Russia is Looking to Enlist Dolphins ‘With Perfect Teeth’ for Military Operations”

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Bea O Neill
5 Months Ago

Wtf


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Rachel Jane Leigh
5 Months Ago

Dave & Patrick another excellent Russia story for our collection


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Patrick Aaron Banks
11 Mar 2016

I have come to the conclusion Miss Leigh & Mr Phillips that those dastardly Ruskies(is that sufficiently outdated to be borderline offensive?) are onto us and our obsession with them. I think they're just sitting back in the Kremlin coming up with fanciful stories in the hope that we will believe them. For if these stories are true, then Russia has, and I apologise to the Dolphins given their rivalry with the species I will soon mention, jumped the metaphorical shark.

Vanessa Ives
5 Months Ago

Enough with the bullshit!!!!! Leave the animals alone! Fucking humans are heartless motherfuckers.


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Renee Van Den Spiegel
5 Months Ago

Don't They have Any feelings ???


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Patricia Hawley
5 Months Ago


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Xavier Zorba
5 Months Ago

FFS... The neverending story of "me"!


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Bill McLellan
5 Months Ago

the headline is a little bit late. The US was using dolphins with bombs strapped to them decades ago


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Bex Gibbs
11 Mar 2016

still was a terrible idea then as it is now. Injuries for divers and dolphins refusing tasks, not to mention the obvious animal rights issue.

Xavier Zorba
11 Mar 2016

Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?????? FMmmmmmeeeeee

Bill McLellan
5 Months Ago

the headline is a little bit late. The US was using dolphins with bombs strapped to them decades ago


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Bex Gibbs
11 Mar 2016

still was a terrible idea then as it is now. Injuries for divers and dolphins refusing tasks, not to mention the obvious animal rights issue.

Brandon Lyle
5 Months Ago

Humanity...Ugh


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Brandon Lyle
5 Months Ago

Humanity...Ugh


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