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Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

The navy launched the classified Cetacean Intelligence Mission in Monterey in 1989, where dolphins, fitted with harnesses and small electrodes planted under their skin, were taught to patrol and protect Trident submarines in harbour and stationary warships at sea.
It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Power Structure activists who have studied the US 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 US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes at the Defense Intelligence Institute of Monterey, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.

Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The US Pacific 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 US defence program claim it is vital they are caught quickly.

Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.

'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'

Usually dolphins were controlled via signals transmitted through a neck harness. 'The question is, were these dolphins made secure before Katrina struck?' said Sheridan.

The mystery surfaced when a separate group of dolphins was washed from a commercial oceanarium on the Mississippi coast during Katrina. Eight were found with the navy's help, but the dolphins were not returned until US navy scientists had examined them.

Sheridan is convinced the scientists were keen to ensure the dolphins were not the navy's, understood to be kept in training ponds in a sound in Louisiana, close to Lake Pontchartrain, whose waters devastated New Orleans.

The navy launched the classified Cetacean Intelligence Mission in Monterey in 1989, where dolphins, fitted with harnesses and small electrodes planted under their skin, were taught to patrol and protect Trident submarines in harbour and stationary warships at sea.

Criticism from animal rights groups ensured the use of dolphins became more secretive. But the project gained impetus after the Yemen terror attack on the USS Cole in 2000. Dolphins have also been used to detect mines near an Iraqi port.
 
 


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Dolphin Liberation Front

Durring the invasion several dolphins took off in the gulf and the paper actually said they went "AWOL" You go Flipper!
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

Studies have shown dolphins to be nearly as intelligent as humans. Maybe we can get AWOL dolphins declared conscientious objectors? We all know dolphins would vote Progressive if allowed.
 

Can't you at least quote your source?

This article was originally published at this website. At least post a link, its really not that hard.
 

Captain Plagiarism forgot his link...oh no

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1577753,00.html
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

hopefully the dolphins (being smarter than the average military officer) will use the darts against officers, not enlisted.
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

the navy has funded the study of dolphins at long marine lab in the 80's and 90's. not sure if they are still doing so.
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

THIS IS DISGUSTING AND HUMILIATING TO BE DONE IN OUR OWN BACK YUARDS! I CALL ON ALL PEOPLE OF CONSCIENCE TO LET THESE WAR MONGERING MEN IN MONTEREY KNOW WHAT WE THINK OF THIS HORRIBLE ABUSE OF BEAUTIFUL FRIENDS
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

Lost Flipper Squadron Flips Off Navy for Good.

Gulf Coast AP- Free and empowered, the U.S. Navy's once penned dolphins have lost all fear of humanity, our electrodes and our fish-flavored Reeses Pieces laced with obedience serums.

"Go straight to hell or Louisianna which ever comes first, you shrunken brained johnny-two-legs!" was their initial communique, sourced from Cuban waters.

Rumors abound that Flipper Squadron has established contact with Osama fin Laden and his maritime terrorist organization, Al Chowder, triggering new speculation that they formed tactical alliances with thousands of pollution wracked alligators for a massive counter strike, an operation codenamed : Feeding Frenzy.

The communique continued: "Any air breathing species that leaves behind a significant number of its own to drown in their own shit does not deserve to be at the top of the food chain one nano-second longer. This is a source of deep embarassment to the rest of creation. " bkmur (at) msn.com
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

How is it dolphins have been enslaved for military service up in Monterey and no one has said anything before?
 

Re: Free Willy is Armed and Dangerous

we have underestimated cetaceans for so long, I doubt surfers and swimmers are likely targets, but Donny Rumsfeld better watch his @$$!
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

This is too wierd. The men who invented the barbaric idea of using dolphins as killing machines should be used for shark chow.
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

Your so-called original article makes no mention of Monterey. Check yoir facts before making accusations Captain Plagarism. Or is it Captain Inaccuracy?
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

ha ha whats next sharks with lasers? ill tempered sea bass?
 

Re: Monterey's Weaponized Dolphins

Really, lets see RF tags have been around how long? They arn't lost. Tracking devices are pretty simple technology.
 

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