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US Navy Bomb-Sniffing Dolphins Get The Axe, Replaced By Robots
2012-12-03 14:18:07

Michael Harper for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Dolphins are remarkable creatures. Their impeccable eyesight, exceptional sonar abilities and gracefulness underwater not only make them an undersea wonder, it also aids in their ability to hunt and track down prey. Marine biologists are well aware of the intelligence of dolphins and have been studying and training them for years. These gentle marine mammals have even been used for national security, protecting our borders...

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2011-01-14 13:20:00

According to Florida researchers, dolphins are able to imitate each other, even blindfolded. The researchers at the Dolphin Research Center in the Florida Keys said in a study published in the International Journal of Comparative Psychology that their blindfolded dolphin used other senses to figure out what the other dolphin was doing and copy it. The dolphin is a 7-year-old bottlenose dolphin named Tanner. The researchers said they hope to conduct further studies to "map the dolphin mind"...

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2008-06-23 16:10:00

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear an appeal on a Bush Administration ruling that restricted the Navy's use of sonar off the southern California coast. Environmental groups said the training exercises could harm endangered whales and other marine mammals. A ruling by a U.S. appeals court that upheld a federal judge's order requiring the Navy to take various precautions during the sonar training to minimize harm to dozens of species of whales and dolphins will be reviewed by the justices. The...

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2006-06-23 08:14:07

HONOLULU (AP) - Alongside the submarines, ships and airplanes participating in large-scale military exercises in the Pacific this month, a team of sea lions and dolphins are expected to patrol the sea. These marine animals will be flown in from San Diego for simulated mine recovery and mine detection during the biennial RIMPAC war games. Six bottle-nosed dolphins would find the mines, while four California sea lions would help recover them. "There are a number of mechanical systems that work...


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Cetology
2013-10-02 11:21:29

Cetology is a branch of marine mammal science that studies about eighty species of dolphins, whales, and porpoise, all of which are classified within the Cetacea order. Cetologists, who practice cetology, work to understand the distribution, development, behavior, and other aspects of cetaceans. The study of cetaceans began in the Classical era. About 2,300 years ago, Aristotle documented details about some cetacean species, calling them mammals, while traveling on the Aegean Sea with...

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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'