Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Rare 19th century torpedo discovered by a dolphin as it was being trained by the Navy to find explosives

  • The relic was uncovered by Ten the bottlenose dolphin off California coast
  • The 11-foot Howell torpedo was considered a masterpiece of innovation
  • Was made of brass, travelled at 25 knots and could sink ship from 700 yards
  • The US Navy employs dolphins to scour depths for mines and enemy divers
A rare, antique torpedo that was last fired almost 120 years ago has been uncovered at the bottom of the ocean - by a dolphin working for the US Navy.

The bottlenose, named Ten, found the brass relic, known as the Howell torpedo, during a routine patrol and reconnaissance training mission off the coast of California.

The US Navy employs dolphins - and some sea lions - to scour the depths for mines, shipwrecks and enemy divers.

But 19th century naval weaponry is a particularly rare find, especially one that has lain undisturbed on the ocean bed since 1895.

In its heyday, the 11-foot Howell torpedo was considered a masterpiece of innovation and one of the most technologically-advanced pieces of military hardware in the US Navy's arsenal.

For the rest of the story: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2327386/Rare-19th-century-torpedo-discovered-dolphin-trained-Navy-explosives.html?ITO=1490&ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490

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