Ukraine’s combat dolphins now belong to Russia

It wasn’t enough for Russia to invade and annex the Crimean peninsula, but now they’ve also commandeered Ukraine’s most unique — and adorable — naval asset: combat dolphins.

Over the past week, Ukrainian troops have withdrawn from Crimea and ceded control to Russia, but not everyone made it out cleanly. Among those left behind in Sevastopol are an elite dolphin task force, which has now switched national allegiance. And if you think these are your run-of-the-mill Flippers, you’re wrong: these badass dolphins are trained “to patrol open water and attack or attach buoys to items of military interest, such as mines on the sea floor or combat scuba divers trained to slip past enemy security perimeters, known as frogmen.”

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