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Satellite images show military dolphins stationed at a large Russian naval base in Sevastopol.
Pictures taken by Maxar Technologies show the position of two groups of trained dolphins of the Russian Navy in the Crimean port of Sevastopol, a major port on the Black Sea.
Russia has deployed military dolphins to protect its naval base in the Black Sea by thwarting Ukrainian naval operations aimed at destroying Russian warships, according to the USNI News, the US Navy’s news and analysis website.
USNI reports that after the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, units were transferred to the Ukrainian Armed Forces, and after the Cold War, the Russian Navy operated a mammal training program in Sevastopol.
Russia has reclaimed units since annexing Crimea in 2014 and has since expanded operations, the report said.
Animals in marine mammal projects ranging from dolphins and beluga whales to sea lions and seals, like divers, are trained to detect coastal mines, says military expert HI Sutton.
Euronews reports that four countries, including the United States, Russia, Israel and North Korea, are known to carry out such military programs.
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