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U.S. Navy reportedly trains dolphins as Iran threatens to close Strait of Hormuz

Bottlenose Dolphin

A bottlenose dolphin leaps near a research boat. (NASA)

EDITOR'S NOTE: When this story was posted Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, on, an editor failed to properly source and add original reporting or language that would significantly distinguish it from an article that was posted Friday, Jan. 13, 2012, on regrets the use of the article in its original form and apologizes to and our readers for doing so. A properly edited and sourced version of the article appears below, with a link to the original story.

The U.S. Navy reportedly is training dolphins as a counter-measure should Iran follow through with its threat to close the Strait of Hormuz, an act that could cripple the flow of Middle East oil to the West, according to and other news organizations.

Military experts say Iran has the capability to block the strategic waterway using a combination of mines, armed speed boats and cruise missiles, the reported.

The website cited an NPR interview last week, in which retired Adm. Tim Keating, former commander of the U.S. 5th Fleet in Bahrain, said that dolphins "are astounding in their ability to detect underwater objects.”

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