Dolphins discover a rare torpedo.
Dolphins are amazing in many ways.
Recently, Bottlenose dolphins discovered an old torpedo from the late 19th century in the ocean off the coast of Coronado, California.
The Howell torpedo was considered an important US military advantage for its time, and only 50 of them were manufactured in Rhode Island between 1870 and 1889.
Christian Harris, the operations supervisor for the biosciences division at the Systems Center Pacific said: “Considering it was made before electricity was provided to U.S. households, it was pretty sophisticated for its time.”
Until the bottlenose dolphins located the torpedo in Coronado, only one remaining Howell torpedo was known to be left in the world.
It is on display in the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport, Washington.
Trained dolphins and seals have been used by the US Navy to locate important objects that are underwater like a mine or ship wreckage since the 1960s.
Although some marine animals are used for missions by the Navy, a lot of marine life is negatively affected by military activity.