The World’s Largest Stockpile Of Nuclear Weapons Is Guarded By . . . Wait For It . . . Military Dolphins

Posted: September 16, 2016 in Amazing and Interesting Stories, Animals, Great Ideas
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Naval Base Kitsap, a marine base 20-miles from Seattle, is home to the world’s dolphin1largest arsenal of nuclear weapons, and it’s defended by dolphins trained by the US Navy.

Nearly one-quarter of America’s 9,962 nuclear weapons are now assigned to the Bangor submarine base on Hood Canal.

Most of the weapons about which details are publicly known are equipped for launch via submarine, hence the seaside location.

And get this – the US Navy has used dolphins to defend the waters around the base since May 2010. Even wilder, they also train sea lions to detect possible swimmers who could be threats.

Yep, the Navy Marine Mammal Program at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego, California currently trains 85-dolphins and 50-sea lions for service in the US Navy.

When a dolphin finds a swimmer, the animals swim back to their trainers, who give them a transponder to drop near the intruder.

But it gets even better.

The dolphins are also equipped with a bite plate that holds a shackle that the dolphins can use to disable an intruder. They just hit the person in the leg, the plate attaches around the leg, it can’t be pulled off and it sends a float up along with the bad guy.

Diabolical, man.

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Note: The sea lion’s work is classified. Maybe they just eat the guy. 

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