Navy dolphins to lose job to robotsSubmitted by emalvini on Sun, 12/02/2012 - 12:22
Navy dolphins to lose job to robots
By Ellen Mitchell | email@example.com
on December 02, 2012 at 1:14 AM, updated December 02, 2012 at 8:14 AM
SAN DIEGO, California -- Some dolphins used by the Navy to hunt down mines will be replaced by robots and given a new job, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported.
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 the Union-Tribune.
The machines can do some of the same mine-hunting duties as the friendly sea mammal, and can be built much faster than the seven years it takes to train a dolphin.