Dolphins are being trained to assist the military by the North Korean regime under Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, new satellite imagery suggests.
North Korea’s programme for using the mammals for navy purposes reportedly dates back to October 2015, reports USNI News.
The news website claims the animal enclosures have been seen on satellite imagery between a shipyard and a coal loading pier at a naval base in Nampo on the west coast.
The use of dolphins was pioneered by the US Navy which has a program in San Diego.
Russia followed in their footsteps and are the only other known country to be using sea life in the naval practices.
America not only uses dolphins they have also trained sea lions. While Russia uses Beluga whales, dolphins and seals.
They can be trained to find and remove objects from the sea bed, such as mines or expended training torpedoes, they can also inspect cables for maintenance purposes.
The mammals can also be trained to detect enemy divers and mark them by attaching a buoy – obviously they are unable to identify friend of foe but they will have played their part in identifying a potential threat.
While it’s thought the pens are for naval purposes they could be a fish farm as many are run and maintained by armed forces.
North Korea have steadily built up their fish farming as it’s an important supplement to their diet plus they also export their goods.
However, the evidence suggests these pens are not consistent with other fish farms in North Korea.