Sunday, September 25, 2005

At Least They Don't Have Thumbs . . . Yet


Hurricane Katrina wreaked devastation unlike any the United States had ever seen, but the most terrifying consequence of the storm has not yet come to pass: an attack from super-intelligent, electrode-enhanced dolphins armed with dart guns.
Experts who have studied the US navy's cetacean training exercises claim the 36 mammals could be carrying 'toxic dart' guns. Divers and surfers risk attack, they claim, from a species considered to be among the planet's smartest. The US navy admits it has been training dolphins for military purposes, but has refused to confirm that any are missing.

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[Accident investigator Leo Sheridan remarks,] 'My concern is that they have learnt to shoot at divers in wetsuits who have simulated terrorists in exercises. If divers or windsurfers are mistaken for a spy or suicide bomber and if equipped with special harnesses carrying toxic darts, they could fire. . . . The darts are designed to put the target to sleep so they can be interrogated later, but what happens if the victim is not found for hours?'

Link. Is it just me, or does this sound like a Jerry Bruckheimer picture waiting to happen?

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