Six trained pacific dolphins have arrived in the southern Dalmatian city of Dubrovnik on board the US Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, where they will help in the search for possible mines and other explosives on the sea bed in the country’s territorial waters, reports dubrovniknet.hr.
The dolphin’s are in Croatia as part of the US Humanitarian Mine Action Programme – Dolphin 13, which is run by the US Embassy and the Croatian Armed Forces General Staff, and will be carried out under the auspices of the US Department of State. The US military has been developing the Dolphin 13 project since 1959. The Boeing C-17 Globemaster III, which transported the dolphins to Croatia, is a large military transport aircraft which was developed for the United States Air Force from the 1980s to the early 1990s by McDonnell Douglas. Project Dolphin 13, however, has been met with some mixed reactions, with Marine Research and Conservation Institute “Blue World,” leading the protests with experts warning that their presence could harm indigenous Adriatic dolphins.