Marine experts believe that the Beluga whale that was found by Norwegian fishermen must have escaped from the Russian military.
What made them think that way
- The beluga whale approached the fishermen first and showed “trained” behavior.
- It was wearing a tight harness with a logo that says “Equipment of St.Petersberg”.
- Russian researchers said that the whale “had nothing to do with them”.
- In 2016, The Russian military published publicly that they were looking to buy 5 dolphins for a training program.
Dolphins have been military animals for a while
The US Navy considers dolphins as part of the country’s defense system. The Navy has been deploying dolphins to detect underwater mines and flag enemy divers since the 1960’s and they continue to use them as their sonar system and diving abilities still outperform modern technology. As of 2016, the Navy’s marine mammal training program houses 85 bottlenose dolphins.
Russia has been deploying war dolphins as well – during the Cold War, the country used them to detect submarines, flag mines, and protect ships and harbors. Ukraine’s navy also had a dolphin program but the dolphins were transferred to Russia when they took over Crimea in 2014.
Humans don’t know what dolphins want
Some argue that military dolphins aren’t unlike sniffer dogs. However, they’re glossing over the fact that dolphins are not domesticated animals and that we are basically plucking them out of their natural habitat and subjecting them to our needs.
Humans, because we are stupid and evil, seem to believe that dolphins care about our wars (a Ukranian official claimed their dolphins died “patriotically” after going on hunger strikes to protest against their new Russian handlers) but the Norwegian fishermen said that the beluga whale they found seemed like it was asking for help to get out of the harness.
Moreover, no one so far has successfully released human-trained dolphins back to the ocean as it is almost impossible to teach them how to live in the wild again. Which means once the dolphins are picked out for military purposes, they would have to spend their whole lives in contained environments with humans and bad news for the now harness-free beluga whale.
The US Navy began experimenting the use of underwater robots for mine detection in 2014. But as of today, dolphins remain on watch.