via These Are the Most Surprising Animals to Serve in the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement

The Russian government made headlines in 2016 when word got out that Moscow wanted to buy five combat dolphins. But as Slate noted, “Assembling a dolphin army wasn’t the Russians’ idea. It was ours.”

In the ’60s, military researchers realized dolphins were highly trainable, with diving skills and finely-tuned sonar. This led to the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Training Program, which boasted more than 150 dolphins at its peak in 1995.

via These Are the Most Surprising Animals to Serve in the U.S. Military and Law Enforcement

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