Dolphins Are Trained for Protecting Russia's Black Sea Naval Base

Dolphins Are Trained for Protecting Russia's Black Sea Naval Base

The Russian army has deployed an army of dolphins to protect its naval base in Black Sea. As per US Naval Institute (USNI), two floating dolphin pens have been placed at the entrance of the Sevastopol harbor, Russia's most significant naval base in the Black Sea.

The USNI reports are based on satellite images of the Russian naval base. It said dolphins were moved there in February, before the Ukraine war.

Has Russia deployed a dolphin army?

Dolphins have been chosen to protect the naval base because they possess natural sonar, which they use while navigating through the ocean. Call echo-sounding, dolphins' natural ability is so precise that they can control the difference between ping-pong and a golf ball based solely on density.

The ships anchored at the Russian naval base are out of range from the Ukrainian missiles but could face an underwater attack. The Newsweek report said that the dolphins had been stationed there to prevent such a thing from happening.

The mammals were likely trained to guard the ships and carry out "counter-diver operations," the report said, quoting USNI.

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Is the US also training dolphins?

Yes, according to Newsweek. It said that the American Navy has been doing that since 1959.

Under its Marine Mammal Program, the US navy tested several animals, including sea birds, rays, sharks, turtles, and dolphins. Eventually, the Navy settled on two species for the job: dolphins and the California sea lion.

The US, too, uses dolphins for the same purpose as Russia - to detect mines and other threatening objects around coastal areas.

Importance of the Sevastopol harbor

Sevastopol is the Russian Navy's most significant naval base in the Black Sea. Many high-value ships have been docked there since the Soviet era.

After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Sevastopol has proven crucial in supporting Russia's operations in Syria.

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