OUT OF SECURITY CONCERNS, RUSSIA TO DOUBLE PUTIN’S PORPOISES, UNDERWATER SECURITY
Many countries over the years (and still, today) have tried to use animals for missions, security and espionage. And Russia of course is among them. So it’s no surprise that with the invasion of Ukraine going to poorly, and with the advent of a brief armed insurrection inside its borders, that Russia is using any and all possible resources it has at its disposal. And in an alliterative twist, there’s now news that it is going to double its number of Putin’s porpoises in its pens in Sevastopol. Evidently, there’s concern that they need more underwater security to counter enemy divers.
PUTIN’S PORPOISES CAN HANDLE ANY HUMAN DIVER, ANYTIME, AND RUSSIA NEEDS MORE FLIPPER GOONS
Sevastopol is on the Black sea, and the pens hold Putin’s porpoises for anti-diver training. These are bottle nosed dolphins which are, of course superior to humans in the water in every way. Human divers are clumsy in comparison. If you’ve ever seen video of dolphins attacking sharks and killing them, you have a clear idea of how quickly Putin’s porpoises could handle enemy, human divers. But one specific reason their number is going to double is that Russia believes that Ukraine launched drone attacks against the Sevastopol base earlier this month. If they’re coming from the air, it’s a simple step to take extra security precautions under the water, as well.
BESIDES PUTIN’S PORPOISES, RUSSIA IS KNOWN TO HAVE ALSO USE PUTIN’S BELUGA WHALES, TOO
And so Putin’s porpoises are going to double in number as a security deterrent in the Black sea. But Russia also is known to use other marine wildlife in military roles as well. In 2019 a Beluga whale wearing a harness marked “Equipment St. Petersburg” was spotted near Norway. It approached marine biologists, who helped it to remove the harness. It likely escaped its holding pen, though so far we don’t yet know of any escaped Putin’s porpoises to date. It’s also worth noting that Russia illegally annexed Sevastopol from Ukraine in 2014, so it is more than just a casual target for Ukrainian forces.