Navy dolphins will be replaced by robots, relegated along with sea lions to port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor
Some dolphins used by the Navy to track down mines will soon lose their jobs to robots — but they'll be reassigned, not retired.
Starting in 2017, 24 of the Navy's 80 military-trained dolphins will be replaced by a 12-foot unmanned torpedo-shaped vehicle, according to UT San Diego (Navy dolphins losing out to robots Page 1 of 2 | UTSanDiego.com).The military said the machines can do some of the same mine-hunting duties as the sea creatures. And they can be manufactured quickly, unlike the seven years it takes to train a dolphin.But the dolphins won't be relieved of duty. They'll be used along with sea lions for port security and retrieving objects from the sea floor, the newspaper reported.