27 Oct '15, 2pm

Using marine wildlife to keep us safe

California sea lions like Cody, pictured here in 5th Fleet, are all castrated males weighing about 300 pounds. Their keen eyesight, underwater directional hearing and motion-sensing whiskers make them expert mine and swimmer detectors. (Photo: MC1 Kathleen Gorby/Navy) 7568 CONNECT 42 TWEET LINKEDIN 2 COMMENT EMAIL MORE Sure, explosive ordnance disposal divers can disarm a mine hundreds of feet underwater, but they're often preceded by a slippery, flippered advance team. Marine mammals have been giving the Navy an edge for more than 50 years, deploying in 2003 for the Iraq invasion and to Cam Rahn Bay during the Vietnam War, detecting mines and keeping swimmers from sabotaging ships, according to Mike Rothe, the marine mammal program director at Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command in San Diego. Today, they play a key role with EOD units and port security teams, Rothe to...

Full article: http://www.navytimes.com/story/military/2015/04/11/navy-m...

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