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A dolphin performs under the instruction of a trainer at Qujiang Polar Ocean Park in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Aug. 2, 2017. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)


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Dolphins performs under the instruction of trainers at Qujiang Polar Ocean Park in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Aug. 2, 2017. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)


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Dolphin trainer Wang Ruixue trains a dolphin at Qujiang Polar Ocean Park in Xi'an, capital of northwest China's Shaanxi Province, Aug. 2, 2017. (Xinhua/Shao Rui)


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I luv dolphins, they are so beautiful, the line of their body is fine and breathtaking, not to mention they are super smart and human-friendly.
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The US has trained bottlenose dolphins to carry out a range of military tasks, from locating underwater mines to flagging the presence of enemy swimmers for harbor defense.

The Navy Marine Mammal Program at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (or SPAWAR) in San Diego, California trains 85 dolphins and 50 sea lions, according to SPAWAR spokesman Jim Fallin.

NBC reported in 2002 that the program got $14 million in funding a year, and that it has the Pentagon's financial backing through the year 2020.

The program first started in 1960 when the Navy studied Notty, a female Pacific white-sided dolphin. The Navy hoped to study the dolphin's biomechanics and then use its findings for developing faster torpedoes. "But quickly the focus changed to covert training," according to NBC.

Military researchers soon realized that the dolphins themselves could become a battlefield asset. "It was soon after discovered that they had excellent biological sonar, so they definitely did a lot of research on that as well," Ed Budzyna, a spokesman for SPAWAR Systems Center Pacific, told Business Insider.

Dolphins have seen occasional use during war. In 1970 and 1971, five of the cetaceans guarded an Army ammunition pier in Vietnam's Cam Ranh Bay, providing surveillance to thwart enemy swimmers.

Dolphins were also deployed from Bahrain during the Tanker War, a late phase of the Iran-Iraq war in which the warring neighbors targeted one another's oil vessels (the US got involved in 1987, to protect Kuwaiti oil exports). The dolphins were deployed "to protect the Third Fleet flagship anchored in Manama Harbor" in Bahrain, according to a SPAWAR document shared with Business Insider.

The animals even helped provide security for the Republican National Convention of 1996, which took place at the waterside San Diego Convention Center less than a month after a bombing at the summer Olympics in Atlanta.

Dolphins returned to the Persian Gulf in 2003, to clear mines ahead of coalition vessels during the US-led invasion of Iraq.



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