Friday, September 26, 2014

The Most Adorable Sailor EVER. ( A totally factual blog entry!*)

So, I recently discovered that this is actually a real thing.
...you know, training dolphins and sea lions to protect naval ships?  It isn't just in stupid movies.

So naturally, I've been obsessed with it for the past week or so.
YOU GUYS.  They're SO CUTE.  And SMART.

These animals have been credited with tracking down sea mines and guiding divers, among other things...and while I've always loved sea lions, I've traditionally been a bit lukewarm on dolphins.  This...makes me hate them a lot less.

...I know I anthropomorphize things excessively, but take a look at actual photos of these animals in action:
(Source: http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Pacific/71500/Pages/FleetSystems.aspx)
(Source: http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Pacific/71500/Pages/FleetSystems.aspx)
(Source: http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Pacific/71500/Pages/FleetSystems.aspx)

The best thing I've discovered?  The Soviet military had a similar fleet, too:
Excuse me while I squeal with joy for the next 12 hours.

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*Okay...so I MAY have taken a bit of artistic license with my pictures.  Whatever.  A sea lion in a tiny sailor suit is WORTH IT.

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