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 centre since 1965.

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 by environmental groups in 2013 for allowing this kind of military activity.

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.   

Gaza Strip

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.

WDC congratulate the MOD for taking their marine environmental responsibilities seriously in Cardigan Bay, and preventing the deaths of bottlenose dolphins in this Special Area of Conservation using the passive listening equipment.

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 dolphins in Falmouth Bay on 9th June 2008 at the same time international naval exercises were taking place in the area using mid frequency sonar and helicopters. A similar number of dolphins were saved and herded back out to sea.

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