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Navy dolphins to lose job to robots

Navy dolphins to lose job to robots

By Ellen Mitchell | emitchell@al.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.

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