Imagine a large naval submarine base filled with the largest nuclear weapons collection in the world, that is filled with soldiers. Sounds easy to imagine right? Well what if I were to tell you that this particular base was guarded by highly trained, top of the line, military grade… Bottlenose dolphins. You may be looking at your screen in disbelief, but as strange as it sounds, it is true. The U.S. Navy has trained these dolphins to act as outside security for Naval Base Kitsap. So keep reading, as we discuss when this idea was created, why the Navy chose bottlenose dolphins, and the other animals that were tested first.
To begin with, this strange idea started in the 1960s, by the Navy's Marine Mammal Program for several reasons. Some of these reasons, according to Wikipedia, include mine detection, defense, and to rescue lost naval divers. They also were used to help create a new type of weapon that the Navy was building. In addition to this, these dolphins were used to keep enemy swimmers away during the Vietnam and Persian Gulf wars.
To continue, now that we have talked about the beginnings of this strange idea, let us talk about why the Navy decided to use bottlenose dolphins to use as security. According to Wikipedia, the U.S. Navy chose these dolphins based on there great biosonar. In other words, they chose these dolphins based on their ability to see for far distances without using their eyes. It was this biosonar that helped in the making of a set of blueprints for a new submarine that the Navy was developing at the time.
Furthermore, now we are finally going to discuss the different types and species of animals that were tested before the dolphins. The U.S. Navy used many different types of animals from both land and sea. Some of these animals include types of birds and sharks, according to Wikipedia. In total, the Navy tested a total of 19 different species of animals before finally using the dolphins due to their biosonar, as stated in the previous paragraph.
In summary, these dolphins as well as the project itself, have helped extremely in the advancement of military security in both the past, and the present. Of course we should give just as much credit to the U.S. Navy, and their Marine Mammal Program as we do to the dolphins. If anything, the program should get the most credit, because it was this program, who started this project, and has helped us learn so much about how a creature such as these dolphins can help us move forward in the advancements of our military technology. It is the success of this project that has created a new form of outside security for Naval Base Kitsap.