Navy Calls on Marine Mammals to Protect Shorelines


Some dolphins and sea lions from the relatively balmy waters of San Diego may soon be heading north to Washington State to help homeland security efforts.

The dolphins and sea lions are all navy recruits - and all they require is fresh fish to stay on the job. They work with the Military Marine Mammal Program.

The program started in 1959 and is based in Point Loma.

The program currently has 105 marine mammals under its supervision. Because of their natural physical properties, the dolphins and sea lions are a natural fit for the work they do.

And it is because of their success that San Diego might be losing a number of these mammals to Washington State.

A Naval submarine base in Washington State wants to recruit a few of the animals to act as guards. The Navy plans to send 30 of the animals up to the chillier waters of Washington State, which concerns some animal activists who say the water there is too cold for them.

The Navy says the animals will be fine and they will monitor them.

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