In addition to the military and nuclear weapons, Vladimir Putin’s war fleet reportedly includes a unit of military dolphins trained to attack enemy submarines.
The Russian President’s war efforts were rocked on Saturday when part of the Kerch Bridge linking Russia to Crimea was blown apart in a suspected Ukrainian attack.
Speculation over the mode of attack has been rife, with some suggesting a covert operation by a specialist team in the Ukrainian military and others raising the possibility of a long-range missile.
Ura e Kerchit guarded on all fronts with missile defense systems, fighter jets, warships, submarines and heavy artillery.
In a video from cameras near the bridge, a small wave appeared to roll under the bridge shortly before the explosives went off, prompting speculation that Ukrainian special forces may have used an underwater boat or drone to carry out the attack.
This is exactly the kind of attack that navy dolphins are allegedly trained to catch, with reports that the animals are patrolling the waters beyond the Azov and Black Seas ready to hunt down enemies.
While their deployment during the conflict in Ukraine is unconfirmed, further speculation over the use of the mammals was raised when satellite images showed two pods of dolphins moved to Russia’s Sevastopol port naval base on the southern tip of Crimea.
Russia has a history of training dolphins for defensive purposes, including clearing underwater mines and protecting military sites and ships from the threat of stealthy enemy divers.
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