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Editor's note: CNN's Kaj Larsen served as an active duty member of the U.S. Navy SEALs for five years and was trained in combat diving. For more on this story and others, check out "CNN Presents," Sunday night at 8 p.m. ET. San Diego (CNN) -- In a little-known part of the counter-terrorism world, one of the most effective detection systems is a 600-pound animal that works for about 20 pounds of fish a day.
Since the 1960s, the United States and a handful of other countries have trained dolphins and sea lions to detect sea mines and swimmers, and to recover inert torpedoes and testing objects used in Naval exercises.
Program officials estimate that the sea lions in the Marine Mammal Program have recovered millions of dollars of U.S. Naval torpedoes and instrumentation dropped on the sea floor.
The U.S. Navy kept its Marine Mammal Program a secret until the 1990s, a

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Added: Aug-1-2011 Occurred On: Aug-1-2011
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Tags: dolphins, sea lions, whales, marine mammals, USA, US Navy, port patrol, terrorist, protection, animal training, military, deployment, animal soldiers, security, shipd, attacks, special forces, marine mammal programm, pinnipeds, cetacean, navy warfare syst
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  • I was watching this on CNN earlier!

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  • PS- These dolphins live 10times better then those at Seaworld....

    (Before you go protest again PETA)

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  • I went by the dolphin pen in San Diego just the other day. Super security surrounds the place even though you can see it easily. I have seen the navy coach teams training dolphins before in open water. At any time the dolphins could have swam away and quit their jobs.

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  • shame they dont strap bombs to dolphins anymore

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