UPDATED: Killer dolphins

While I'm not entirely a pacifist, reports like these remind me why I'm not too fond of the military:


It may be the oddest tale to emerge from the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Armed dolphins, trained by the US military to shoot terrorists and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.
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.
Dolphins have been trained in attack-and-kill missions since the Cold War. The US Atlantic bottlenose dolphins have apparently been taught to shoot terrorists attacking military vessels. ...
"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," (Leo Sheridan, a respected accident investigator) said. "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 thanks to Jeff Renshaw]
The Pentagon's next project: undercover dromedaries.

UPDATE: This little story seems to have turned out to be too likely to be true. According to Gelf magazine, Leo Sheridan is the Guardian/Observer's resident conspiracy theorist. Guess the dolphins can go back to making money for overpriced theme parks.

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