You may wonder what service a soft aqua animal like a dolphin would render in military. But they do. They act like sea spies and also destroys foreign vessles if need be. This was proved not once or twice for years together during cold war era. Dolphins’ fantastic sonar skill, or echolocation, make them excellent at detecting mines and sea vessels, locating lost divers and swimmers, and detecting enemy activity on the sea, shore and ships.
Russian Defence Ministry has recently given an online advertisement calling for recruitment of dolphins. It is looking for a few good dolphins to join its navy, with perfect teeth, average length and a willingness to “display motor activity.”
“It offered about $24,000 to a broker who could supply three male and two female bottlenose dolphins, each about eight feet long, for the service of the Russian state. The notice, which was described by the state-run TASS news agency before it was apparently taken down, did not indicate what military duty the dolphins would be expected to perform, nor why they need good teeth. But it rekindled speculation that the Russian navy is reviving the combat dolphin units that served as Soviet spies, investigators, rescuers – and possibly even assassins – during the Cold War” a report carried out by Washington Post said.
The U.S. Navy has also started the dolphin arms race in the late 1950s when it began studying marine mammals’ hydrodynamic swimming skills for help in designing better torpedoes and subs. Then Navy officials realized that animals, particularly bottlenose dolphins and sea lions, could help divers themselves.
Dolphins defended America during the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.