Russia Looking to Recruit Dolphin Brigade


Russia’s military is looking for new recruits.

A document on an official government website detailing state purchases stated that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is looking for five bottlenose dolphins, three male and two female, required for military duty. Other specifics include the length of the animals (2.3 to 2.7 meters) and their ages (between 3 and 5 years old).

The military is looking to pay 350,000 rubles (about $5,000) each for the dolphins. Careful not to get duds, the report stipulates that the animals “should display motor activity.”

The document also says there should be no visual damage on their skin. They should have all teeth without scratches or cracks, minimal breathing rhythm should be two breaths per minute, maximum — four.

Among the requirements, it also says “bottlenose dolphins need to demonstrate physical activity.”

The purchase order stipulates that the dolphins be caught in the presence of marine mammal specialists and transported humanely, in bathtubs filled with seawater, the report states, according to Russian state media.

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SOURCE: CNN, Euan McKirdy