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9/26/05 7:35 PM
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Armed and dangerous - Flipper the firing dolphin let loose by Katrina

by Mark Townsend Houston
Sunday September 25, 2005
The Observer


It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.

Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The US Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the US defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly.

Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.

'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?

http://observer.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,6903,1577753,00.html

9/26/05 7:45 PM
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Strange thread of the day Nominee.
9/26/05 7:46 PM
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9/26/05 7:51 PM
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God help us all.
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Strange indeed.
9/26/05 7:56 PM
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no tracking devices on them? Very smart!
9/26/05 8:24 PM
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But if they kill people will they then eat them?
9/26/05 8:55 PM
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do they have frickin laser beams attatched to there frickin heads?
9/26/05 8:59 PM
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This is a real story. I saw it on the news at work.
9/26/05 8:59 PM
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"But if they kill people will they then eat them?" Duh, they wont eat them until after the interrogation.
9/26/05 9:02 PM
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jesus fucking christ!! Now they have guns?!?!?!?!
9/26/05 9:12 PM
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I want one
10/5/05 9:41 PM
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They will attack Tuna fishermen IMO.
10/12/05 9:10 AM
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That's no problem. If they were police dogs, all you have to do is not wear a heavy coat with super thick arms. If they were lab monkeys, just don't approach them wearing a white lab coat. So the answer is to not wear a wetsuit and the dolphins will swim up asking for some grey poupon.

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