Military Dolphins Training in CC Port Waters

Richard Longoria of KIITV

Story Created: May 14, 2009 at 5:30 PM CDT
Story Updated: May 14, 2009 at 5:30 PM CDT

May 13, 2009

The Port of Corpus Christi, the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Coast Guard teamed up on Wednesday to train dolphins to locate and tag underwater mines. Officials at the Port said they are always cautious because of the potential for a terrorist attack.

It was all a homeland security experiment using the dolphins. The Atlantic Bottle nose species has been used by the military for half a century to locate and tag underwater mines, and to recover various objects. The dolphins also provide a unique service when divers are unable to dive deeply dive repeatedly.

These dolphins work in depths of about 40 feet. Other dolphins trained by the Navy are able to work in waterways up to 200 feet deep.