30 Jul '18, 7pm

Navy’s Bottlenose Dolphins Hunt Mines in RIMPAC Exercise https://t.co/D76TpyefmJ

Navy’s Bottlenose Dolphins Hunt Mines in RIMPAC Exercise https://t.co/D76TpyefmJ

Bottlenose dolphins joined the world's largest military maritime training exercise in search of mines buried at the bottom of the sea. Eight dolphins spent 10 days hunting for simulated underwater mines off the coast of San Diego during the Rim of the Pacific exercise. The dolphins are part of the Navy 's Marine Mammal Program, based in Southern California. During one exercise, a dolphin detected a training mine within 30 seconds. The animals' biological sonar is the only capability that can find buried mines, said Ed Budzyna, a spokesman for Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific, which oversees the Navy Marine Mammal Program. Once the dolphin found the mine, a Marine Mammal Program technician sent it back underwater to confirm its find, according to a Navy news release. When it did, the dolphin was given a marking device to carry down to the mine's location. Once...

Full article: https://www.military.com/daily-news/2018/07/30/navys-bott...

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