Russians seeking to conscript 5 dolphins for military service

U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program dolphins, such as the one pictured here wearing a locating pinger, performed mine clearance work in the Persian Gulf during the Iraq War. Photo credit: DoD

The Russian military has put a recruiting notice out for specialized sailors- notably ones without feet.

According to CNN, The Russian Ministry of Defence has released a document detailing their desire for five bottlenose dolphins- three male and two female, to bolster their marine mammal fleet. They are looking to pay 350,000 rubles (or $5,000) per dolphin.

Not just any dolphin will do, however. The dolphins have to be in immaculate condition before they are accepted.

According to the document, there can be no visible damage on their skin, they should be active and have perfect teeth, free of scratches or cracks.

The order also demands that the dolphins be caught under the watchful eyes of marine mammal specialists and transported humanely.

The enlistment of dolphins is nothing new. The US Navy has over 85 dolphins trained in duties such as clearing mines, reconnaissance and detection of enemy infiltrators.

When the Russians annexed Crimea in 2014, Ukrainian war dolphins found themselves switching sides after their facility was taken over.

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    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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