We’ve reported on marine mammals working with the military to help protect against terrorist attacks and protecting naval bases before. Now it seems a specially trained Israeli “spy dolphin” has been captured and arrested by rival Hamas, according to a report by The Times of Israel.
Reports initially were clouded by the fact that Israel touts a fleet of “Dolphin-class” submarines—but later reports emphasized that Hamas had captured a mammal off of Gaza, not a submersible vessel. On top of it, the Palestinian Islamic organization claims to have found spy equipment strapped to the dolphin, including cameras.
This isn’t the first accusation levied against Israel for using animal spies: In 2012 an eagle caught in Sudan was accused to also be a spy. Two years prior, an Egyptian official thought Israeli trained sharks were behind the spree of bites on tourists in the Red Sea. Still waiting for confirmation on that last one.
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