(Image source: U.S. Navy)

 

 

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

 

 

A Navy team recently made a rare discovery — but what’s even more notable is the team itself.

 

 

A pair of bottlenose dolphins being trained by the Navy to find undersea object, including mines, is being praised for discovering a relic — the Howell torpedo.

 

 

Only 50 were reportedly made between 1870 and 1889. It is the first to be produced in quantity by the U.S. Navy and used as an anti-surface ship torpedo fired from battleships and torpedo boats.

(via HNSA.org)

 

 

The Howell torpedos were made from brass, stretched 11 feet long with a range of 400 yards. KGTV explains the technology was especially advanced for the military in the 1800’s.

 

 

“Experts say it was the first torpedo that could truly follow a track without leaving a wake and then smash a target … It is the second one known to still be in existence.”

 

 

Since the 1960’s, dolphins and sea lions have been used by the Navy to deactivate mines, retrieve sunken equipment from the sea floor and detect divers.

 

 

An official at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific told the Los Angeles Times “Dolphins naturally possess the most sophisticated sonar known to man.” So they were naturally an appropriate crew to locate the torpedo.

 

 

Navy divers say the dolphins have found plenty of unexpected things in the past, but a torpedo that was more than a century old that divers and trainers needed to consult explosives experts and Google to identify was something new.

 

 

The torpedo was airlifted and taken to a Navy base for cleaning where it will be shipped to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington D.C.

 


Dolphins Find Rare Torpedo Off Calif. Coast

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May 19, 2013

Dolphins Find Rare Torpedo Off Calif. Coast

(Image source: U.S. Navy)

 

 

 

BY LOGAN TITTLE

 

 

 

A Navy team recently made a rare discovery — but what’s even more notable is the team itself.

 

 

A pair of bottlenose dolphins being trained by the Navy to find undersea object, including mines, is being praised for discovering a relic — the Howell torpedo.

 

 

Only 50 were reportedly made between 1870 and 1889. It is the first to be produced in quantity by the U.S. Navy and used as an anti-surface ship torpedo fired from battleships and torpedo boats.

(via HNSA.org)

 

 

The Howell torpedos were made from brass, stretched 11 feet long with a range of 400 yards. KGTV explains the technology was especially advanced for the military in the 1800’s.

 

 

“Experts say it was the first torpedo that could truly follow a track without leaving a wake and then smash a target … It is the second one known to still be in existence.”

 

 

Since the 1960’s, dolphins and sea lions have been used by the Navy to deactivate mines, retrieve sunken equipment from the sea floor and detect divers.

 

 

An official at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific told the Los Angeles Times “Dolphins naturally possess the most sophisticated sonar known to man.” So they were naturally an appropriate crew to locate the torpedo.

 

 

Navy divers say the dolphins have found plenty of unexpected things in the past, but a torpedo that was more than a century old that divers and trainers needed to consult explosives experts and Google to identify was something new.

 

 

The torpedo was airlifted and taken to a Navy base for cleaning where it will be shipped to the Naval History and Heritage Command in Washington D.C.

 


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