According to satellite imagery, Russia has deployed trained dolphins to an occupied Crimean port in the Black Sea, as part of its war with Ukraine.
- As first reported by analyst H I Sutton at USNI News—a site run by the U.S. Naval Institute—Russia has moved trained military dolphins to Sevastopol harbor on the Black Sea. Satellite imagery from the port shows the presence of two animal pens just inside the sea wall. The pens arrived in February, according to Sutton, around the same time Russia escalated its war in Ukraine.
- A British dolphin expert once visited the Russian military dolphins in Sevastopol after they’d asked for help cycling out some of the older dolphins. It was there he saw a contraption and read documents detailing a Soviet-era weapon that allowed dolphins to inject people with 3,000psi of carbon dioxide. Under that kind of pressure, people tend to explode.
“If I hadn’t seen the evidence myself I just wouldn’t have believed it,” the dolphin expert said later. “I was amazed at how open and honest they were about the whole thing.”
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