Does Iran Have Secret Armed Dolphin Assassins?

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Twenty years ago, Iran bought a fleet of military mammals from the Soviets. Are they still alive?
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From Popular Mechanics

In 2000, Iran purchased a fleet of killer dolphins from the Soviet Navy.

Twenty years later, we don't know whatever happened to the mammals. But if they're still alive, could Iran potentially use them for warfare against the U.S.?

The U.S. invented the concept of military dolphins in 1960. Today, the Navy trains about 30 dolphins and 30 sea lions at Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego to track sea mines.

As the U.S. military prepares to deal with the fallout from the killing of Iranian General Qassem Soleimani earlier this month, we can expect Iran and Iranian-backed militias to retaliate in any number of ways, from traditional missile strikes to cyber attacks on our oil and gas facilities, banks, electrical grids, and more. But we might not want to count out the possibility of the country employing its fleet of killer Communist dolphins, which may or may not still exist .

Let's rewind 20 years ago to the spring of 2000, when a Russian man named Boris Zhurid made a painful, fateful sale.

For years, Zhurid had been training a pack of dolphins to kill for the Soviet Navy, according to the BBC . He and other experts taught the mammals to target enemy combat swimmers and divers with harpoons strapped to their backs, capture them, and carry mines to enemy ships in suicide attacks. (The dolphins could tell the difference…
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