Posts Tagged ‘Military’
Russia looks to buy more dolphins for combat use
Documents have been released in Russia indicating that the country’s military are looking to obtain and train dolphins for naval combat missions. Reports suggest that the dolphins will take part in a new training programme and will be delivered before August to the Crimean port city of Sevastopol, which has housed a military dolphin training…Read More
US Navy forced to stop using harmful sonar in training exercises
A legal battle over the use of powerful sonar, and explosives in naval exercises has ended with the US Navy agreeing to limit their future use in any training to avoid potential harm to whales, dolphins and other marine mammals off Hawaii and California. The decision comes after the US fisheries service was legally challenged…Read More
Hamas report capture of dolphin 'spy'
It has been reported that the Palestinian Islamist organization, Hamas claims to have captured an Israeli trained dolphin ‘spy’ off the coast of the Gaza Strip. Hamas commandos apparently came across the dolphin whilst on patrol and believed the creature was carrying out a secret mission on behalf of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad. …Read More
Five Cuvier’s beaked whales strand during military exercise off Crete – how many more times?
Local details and some content here are provided from our colleague Alexandros Franzis, Pelagos Cetacean Research Institute, Greece. Once more we have bad news regarding Cuvier’s beaked whales in Greek waters. We fear for the future of the local population, which has repeatedly been affected by naval sonar activity of NATO or of national navies in…Read More
Russian Navy reported to have seized Ukranian dolphins for military
WDC is monitoring with concern reports that Russian armed forces have taken control of Ukrainian military bases holding dolphins. WDC has documented the use of dolphins in military programmes and investigated the export of military dolphins from the Black Sea previously. This is not a new phenomenon in the area. A military dolphinarium was established…Read More
Systems preventing deaths of dolphins in military exercises in Wales should be used across the UK, says WDC
Scientists have been forced to produce monitoring systems to protect dolphins from being killed by military trials and firing range exercises at Aberporth in Cardigan Bay The listening equipment picks up dolphin clicks from many miles away so that firing can be halted if a pod of dolphins is heard entering a missile testing area.…Read More
Naval exercise probable cause of largest dolphin stranding in UK
A scientific analysis of the UK’s largest common dolphin stranding off the coast of Cornwall in 2008 has stated that the most probable cause of the event were naval exercises in the area at the time. The findings, published in the scientific journal, PLOS ONE refer to the deaths of at least 26 short-beaked common…Read More