This post was written by Cassidy Piersall
We all know that dogs are man’s best friend; but who says you can’t have two best friends? I say dolphins should have a best friend place in our lives, too. Even though dolphins are not common pets, they still play an important role in the human world.
Did you know dolphins are in the military? Neither did I! Actually, they’ve been in our United Stated Navy since 1960. That’s nearly half a century! They have been trained to deliver equipment to underwater personnel & to find and return lost objects. Not only that, but they guard boats and submarines. But hopefully they just guard from intruding people; I’m pretty sure that a dolphin can’t win against an intruding missile or other boat…
Our Navy first began using dolphins when they decided to study the underwater sonar capabilities of dolphins so they could learn how to make better ways of detecting things underwater. They found out that they could learn how to increase the speed of their boats and submarines by researching dolphins on their ability to swim fast and dive deep.
And you wouldn’t believe this…they even do underwater surveillance! They just have to hold the camera in their mouth. Hopefully it doesn’t taste bad! Our dolphin friends have been used in the Cold War, Vietnam War, Persian Gulf War, and possibly others.
Dogs are also in the military and are extremely good at saving peoples lives. So… I guess we have two best friends after all: dogs, our land best friends, and dolphins, our marine best friends!
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