Dolphins practice detecting underwater mines in RIMPAC exercises

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA (HawaiiNewsNow) - RIMPAC exercises are now heading underwater as officials are using dolphins to help detect underwater mines.

Technicians tell the bottlenose dolphins to go out and mark simulated mines.

Within 30 seconds, the marine animals were able to detect a training mine and pinpoint the device using a flag.

The training is important because the dolphins are able to find mines that are below the sea floor and buried under the sand.

Twenty-five nations are participating in the Rim of the Pacific exercises, whichrun through Aug. 2.

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