I was reading the news this morning and stumbled upon this little tidbit:
“…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.”
It goes on to say that the US navy won’t confirm anything, but a scientist working on the project is worried. My advice – don’t go SCUBA diving in the Gulf for a while. (And this is another interesting bit of news that goes with this – a good friend and fellow writer works for the dive and rescue in association with FEMA. He was supposed to go to the coast, was called the day after the hurricane Katrina, and then, mysteriously, his mission was cancelled. Was it because sending SCUBA divers in would be dangerous because of the dolphins?
For more news on the killer dolphins, go to http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,12271,1577820,00.html