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They call him Flipper - Armed Dolphins Released Into Gulf of Mexico

elleand flipper.jpg"The Guardian is reporting on what may be the weirdest Hurricane Katrina story yet. Military trained dolphins may have been released into the wild by the Hurricane's devastation." From the article: "Experts who have studied the U.S. 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 U.S. navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing. Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The U.S. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. Their coastal compound was breached during the storm, sweeping them out to sea. But those who have studied the controversial use of dolphins in the U.S. defence programme claim it is vital they are caught quickly."

Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.

'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire,' he said. 'The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'

Usually dolphins were controlled via signals transmitted through a neck harness. 'The question is, were these dolphins made secure before Katrina struck?' said Sheridan.

The mystery surfaced when a separate group of dolphins was washed from a commercial oceanarium on the Mississippi coast during Katrina. Eight were found with the navy's help, but the dolphins were not returned until US navy scientists had examined them.

Sheridan is convinced the scientists were keen to ensure the dolphins were not the navy's, understood to be kept in training ponds in a sound in Louisiana, close to Lake Pontchartrain, whose waters devastated New Orleans.

The navy launched the classified Cetacean Intelligence Mission in San Diego in 1989, where dolphins, fitted with harnesses and small electrodes planted under their skin, were taught to patrol and protect Trident submarines in harbour and stationary warships at sea.

Criticism from animal rights groups ensured the use of dolphins became more secretive. But the project gained impetus after the Yemen terror attack on the USS Cole in 2000. Dolphins have also been used to detect mines near an Iraqi port.


given that
1. Dolphins are randy buggers,


2. There have been numerious reports of *er* unwanted advances (shall we say) by dolphins upon workers at facilities such as Seaworld

I don't trust that photo

Those were trained "performing" dolphins. The military keeps their trained dolphins in California but came to Gulfport with the tanks they use on their ships to help save these dolphins until they can be relocated to a Sea World park. http://www.sunherald.com/mld/sunherald/news/special_packages/hurricane_katrina/12699181.htm

Yea, that photo is *totally* creepy. I think it's highly unlikely that these dolphins would be roaming the gulf "packing". They probably only wore the harnesses when working ("Flipper, go get the commie!").

personally, i find flipper very sexy. any love is good love...right?

screw the dolphins...if Elle is topless in that pic, i'd like to see a tad more, please.

Is it too much to ask for fricken sharks with laser beams on their heads???

finally, an uprising I can get behind...

"Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest."

Flipper for president!!

nah, he'd be impeached for having an affair with an intern

Let us not forget "So Long And Thanks For All The Fish." by Douglas Adams...the only true intelligence on this planet is, according to the finale' to the Hitchhiker's Guide series, is and always will be...dolphins.

whoa - smart AND sexy... that's for ME!!!

I think that dolphin is smirking.

if it were me, i'd be doing a lot more than smirking.

he may be. that's the trouble w/dolphins - you just don't know what they might be thinking.

dolphins are so yesterdays news. you should see what we've trained the sturgeons to do.....

Dolphins err, why are we as humans placing guns on animals? I know they are the smartest animal, but what happens if they revolt, like now for instance? I love the picture..Looks sexy, I think they're "doin it"!!

candy-ass sturgeons ain't got nothing on the 324th Walleye Commando Brigade based over at Whiteface Reservoir. they're the SEALs of the fish world.

that's just sad. and gross. but maybe a little more gross than sad. (redux)

some fish don't NEED guns. they just jump right up & bite ya.

I wish I was that dolphin...I'd definitely have a smirk on my face if I was rubbing up on Elle's chest. (Do I see nipple?)

shes fit

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