Sunday, September 25, 2005

From Flipper With Love

Dolphins are a delight to watch. They chase boats for sport, it seems and they will swim along side with effortless grace so you can look them right in the eye. Often you see them just jump out of the water for no apparent reason. For the sake of the landlubbers who don’t know better, I’m talking about the Bottle Nosed Dolphin, a marine mammal and not the popular sport fish served in all the local restaurants on Florida’s Atlantic coast. These are often sold as Mahi Mahi to avoid having to explain to each and every tourist that no, they are not being served a slice of Flipper. Everyone loves Flipper – except maybe for the Navy.

Apparently, despite the protests of animal rights groups of all sorts, the Navy continues to train these intelligent cetaceans for military service, such as protecting US warships while in port. A story in Today’s Guardian claims that the Navy has been training these creatures in a facility near New Orleans that has been compromised by hurricane Katrina and armed dolphins, trained to shoot terrorists with tranquilizer darts and pinpoint spies underwater, may be missing in the Gulf of Mexico.

“Leo Sheridan, 72, a respected accident investigator who has worked for government and industry, said he had received intelligence from sources close to the US government's marine fisheries service confirming dolphins had escaped.”

Who says James Bond movies are over the top?


Crankyboy said...

I actually know this great place in Hobe Sound, FL that serves Flipper. Yummmy with lemon and butter and cajun spices.

Capt. Fogg said...

Don't eat there any more - I found out they make it out of old flip-flops with artificial flipper flavor.