New intelligence garnered from satellite imagery taken along the North Korean coastline suggests the secretive…
New intelligence garnered from satellite imagery taken along the North Korean coastline suggests the secretive totalitarian state may be training dolphins to conduct military operations, The Independent reported.
The United States Naval Institute, which has close links with the US Navy, said satellite imagery of the secretive totalitarian state appeared to show animal pens in water off the west coast port city of Nampo.
Another potential site was recorded further up a river on the outskirts of Nampo, which may be where the dolphins are bred.
According to the intelligence, the USNI said, any such dolphin-training program would date back to 2015 as part of leader Kim Jong-un’s attempted modernization of North Korea’s navy.
The USNI cautioned the pens could be a fish farm, but that an analysis suggests their design is inconsistent with other farms recorded in the country.
If confirmed, North Korea would join the US and Russia as the only countries known to be engaged in the training of marine mammals for purposes of warfare.
The US Navy has deployed them in Vietnam and the Persian Gulf, USNI said, and more recently, Russia may have deployed them to the war in Syria.
The latest project from the US Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) aims to improve military intelligence by using a range of aquatic creatures.
The Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS), launched in 2018, will monitor life forms including fish, shrimp and genetically engineered plants, which are all able to use their sensory abilities to detect signals in water that could help the US track enemies, The Independent reported.
“If we can tap into the innate sensing capabilities of living organisms that are ubiquitous in the oceans, we can extend our ability to track adversary activity and do so discreetly, on a persistent basis, and with enough precision to characterise the size and type of adversary vehicles,” said program manager Dr Lori Adornato at the initiative’s launch.