Harpoon-firing dolphin: Israel's latest lethal weapon against Hamas

The tension between Israel and the jihadist group Hamas leaves some extraordinary images that can be seen in Spain and around the world. A few months ago, the iron dome had to be used extensively, shooting down missiles ranging from the Palestinian to the Israeli side, and now the confrontation seems to have taken place. transferred to the underwater terrain.

As explained in a video posted on Hamas social media, Israel would be using killer dolphins trained by their armed forces. The particular case they cite in the video is related to the death of a Hamas diver last May and whose alleged perpetrator was a dolphin.

The same video also shows the supposed technological device with which the murder would be carried out. According to a design published by Hisutton, the device could stand on the dolphin’s nose and then be tied by means of ribbons and harnesses to the upper fin of the animal.

As it was an underwater shot, some sources suggest that the weapon could actually shoot a harpoon or some kind of arrow instead of gunpowder-based ammunition. At first glance and given the low quality of the video recording, it is impossible to distinguish if the device is really of Israeli origin or if it is specially designed to be attached to a dolphin.

Although the use of these aquatic mammals may seem like something out of a science fiction novel, the United States and Russia have trainers who specialize in training dolphins or other types of mammals such as belugas for warfare or special operations.

In particular, these animals are often equipped with sensors that can reveal enemy positions. To later execute an attack with traditional weapons or carry out a detailed follow-up.

Still from the Hamas video showing the device

Another of the tasks for which these animals have traditionally been trained is related to the mine detection or torpedo recovery.

One of the most famous recent cases took place in April 2019, when fishermen found a beluga fitted with a harness in northern Norway. The animal would have escaped from captivity still wearing the harness that was later identified as a support to carry a GoPro-type camera.

Everything seems to indicate that it would have escaped from the Murmansk Institute of Marine Biology, located on the Kola Peninsula and relatively close to northern Norway where it was found. In those facilities, the Russian Navy would be – still today – training marine mammals and carrying out military programs using these animals.

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