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Latest U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program Stories

Trained Navy Dolphins Discover Rare 19th Century Torpedo
2013-05-20 05:07:37

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online The US Navy has recovered an exceptionally rare artifact off the coast of Coronado, California — and if that wasn´t enough, the item in question was actually discovered not by humans, but by trained dolphins. The find was a rare 19th century Howell torpedo, and according to The Huffington Post it is one of only 50 ever manufactured and only one of two still in existence. It was found by dolphins which were reportedly...

Expert Believes Ukrainian Killer Dolphins Escaped To Hunt For Mates
2013-03-13 11:50:45

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online According to Ukrainian media reports, several military-trained dolphins have abandoned their naval unit to apparently “make love not war.” Three of the unit´s five dolphins — which have supposedly been trained to use specially designed knives and pistols to attack enemy scuba divers — swam off over two weeks ago after a training exercise, most likely in pursuit of potential mates, according to those...

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...

2011-09-27 07:00:00

âœWild Dolphinsâ is the iPad app that features Winter, star of the current movie, âœDolphin Taleâ and reveals the greater truth behind her rescue, recovery and prosthetic tail fluke. The iPad app, produced by Florida Atlantic Universityâs Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is filled with many poignant stories of wild dolphins that are rescued every year. New York, NY (PRWEB) September 27, 2011...

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2010-02-21 06:45:00

Apart from humans, dolphins are the only animals to develop a natural form of type 2 diabetes, researchers recently discovered. An American study found that bottlenose dolphins have insulin resistances similar to that seen in humans. However, unlike humans, dolphins are able to turn the conditions on and off when appropriate, so it doesn't pose harm to the animal. Research leader and veterinarian Stephanie Venn-Watson of the US National Marine Mammal Foundation said that these findings...

2010-01-12 15:05:00

MCLEAN, Va. and SAN DIEGO, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) (NYSE: SAI) today announced it has been awarded a prime contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SSC) Pacific to provide training and care for marine mammals that are part of the Navy's Marine Mammal Systems (MMS) based at Naval Submarine Bases in Kings Bay, Ga., and Point Loma and San Diego, Calif. The follow-on contract has a one year base period of...

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2009-05-02 10:35:00

Dolphins have an uncanny ability to maintain a constant 24-hour vigilance without sacrificing rest or mental acumen. Because of their need to always be aware of their surroundings and protect themselves from potential predators, dolphins are able to let one side of their brain sleep while the other remains perfectly conscious and acutely aware for days at a time. Sam Ridgway from the US Navy Marine Mammal Program and his colleagues from San Diego and Tel Aviv set out to test two dolphins over...

2008-06-24 02:29:45

WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- - Today, the United States Supreme Court announced its decision to hear arguments regarding the U.S. Navy's use of sonar in ongoing training exercises through 2009. The underlying lawsuit was brought by a coalition of conservation organizations led by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC). The other groups include the International Fund for Animal Welfare, the League for Coastal Protection, Cetacean Society International, and Ocean...

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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...