On Dolphins and Drones

by

In a bizarre juxtaposition of wins - for both dolphins and our ever-more-impersonal waging of war - the Navy is cutting back on the trained dolphins it has used from Vietnam in the 1960s to Bahrain today to detect and sometimes destroy underwater mines. They're being replaced by - yes- drones. Use of both dolphins and sea lions in the Navy's $28 million Marine Mammal Program, headquartered in San Diego, will be curtailed in favor of newly developed, torpedo-shaped underwater robots. We congratulate the dolphins; we also wonder where - first the air, now the water - it will all end.

 

 

Mid-Year Campaign: Your Support is Needed Now.

Common Dreams is a small non-profit - Over 90% of the Common Dreams budget comes from reader support. No advertising; no paywalls: our content is free. But our costs are real. Common Dreams needs your help today! If you're a regular reader—or maybe a new one—and you haven't yet pitched in, could you make a contribution today? Because this is the truth: Readers, like you, keep us alive. Please make a donation now so we can continue to work for you.

Share This Article

More in: