Despite how you feel about dolphins serving in the U.S. military, it’s fascinating to witness their precision and intelligence while performing their assigned tasks.
In the video below posted at Military.com in April 2011, CNN correspondent Kaj Larsen plays the role of a terrorist in San Diego Bay. He tries to evade a dolphin trained to find hostile swimmers. But whether he’s underwater or on the surface, the dolphin finds him every time—and hits him with a marker that alerts human security personnel to his presence and location.
As Chris Harris of the U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program explains, dolphins are able to pick out details on an object in the water that sonar just isn’t capable of doing. In addition, dolphins can do it at great ranges and with 100 percent reliability.
That’s a performance review that any member of the U.S. Navy should be proud of.