Underwater gun for dolphins

In history of the humankind one can find a lots of various types of small arms. Almost all of them were designed by humans for humans. But the Earth dominate species has also designed and developed in its history a very, very small amount of extremely rare modern weaponry for other species living on the same planet – animals.


One of them is an underwater tri-barrel pistol designed in the Soviet Union for bottlenose dolphins trained on the coast of the Black Sea. The weapon was mounted on the head of the dolphin and equipped with a long rod, which serves as an activation device. When the dolphin swims close to the target such as an enemy combat diver he was taught to jab the swimmer by the rod. It activates the trigger unit and makes a single shot from the underwater gun. If it wasn’t enough to eliminate the threat the dolphin could jab the target two more times, makes two more shots.


On rare archival Soviet footage one can see as a dolphin attacked a diver. In such a fight a man almost had no chance with dolphin. The armed dolphins were used for guarding military bases or a navy vessel to prevent them from attack from enemy combat divers or saboteurs.



  • nadnerbus


  • Anonymoose

    Or they could just teach the dolphins to rape the enemy divers. It’s not like they don’t already rape swimmers, but if you could teach them to only rape enemy swimmers you’d have a pretty effective weapon system.

    • Tassiebush

      I need facts to back that claim up. There are sea Shepherd supports I want to annoy with that claim!

      • Edeco

        GJ, I always root for the whale fishery.

        • Tassiebush

          I root for it too in the full Australian sense of that word. If it involves harpooning stuff I’m all for it! πŸ˜‰
          They’re actually based out of my city of Hobart a lot of the time too. Lots of stupid bumper stickers. Annoying judgemental vegan types.

          • Edeco

            Darn white knights, interfering with scientific research on the flavor of whales… erm, I mean scientific research on whales. *smh*

          • Tassiebush

            From their founder Paul Watson’s biography πŸ˜‰
            ” After trappers killed one of his beaver friends, Watson set out, (at the age of nine), to confiscate and destroy leg-hold traps. He was also known to disrupt deer and duck hunters, and to prevent other boys from shooting birds.”

    • Don Ward

      It’s not rape if you enjoy it.

      • Tassiebush

        As the saying goes “once you’ve had whale all others will fail”

  • gusto

    didn’t the US do this to but had needles filled with air? even rumours about them being deployed in harbours in Vietnam during the war?

    • younggun21

      They definitely still do this although I haven’t heard of specific weapon systems attached to them other than cameras. They are taught to force the diver to the surface as far as I’m aware but that just might be the politically correct answer being given for the press.

  • valorius

    What’s next, sharks with friggin’ lasers on their heads?

  • valorius

    Clearly the author of this article is not a native english speaker.

  • Edeco

    Hmmm, I wonder if they’d ever get distracted and empty-out on a seal… be a way to show they’re capable of tool use, like improvised, apart from the training. If in fact they are.

  • guest

    And where is the footage?

  • Hensley Beuron Garlington

    I wouldn’t want to be the guy tasked with reloading these things. Or the nasty headline that a rogue tier 1 dolphin from the SEALS had escaped and killed a kid at the beach.

    • allannon

      It’s a Russian project…they’d probably cover it up completely (probably by disappearing the entire family and claiming a boating accident or something).

      • CommonSense23

        US navy anti swimmer dolphins have gone off on their own far to many times to count. Typically come back after a week or so, but who knows where they go when they decide to bounce.

  • Evan

    Why was my comment apparently not approved? It didn’t have any swear words or anything in it

  • iksnilol

    I thought the Russians had trained giant squid?

    • Tassiebush

      I’ve got a secret Navy of them. This island will be mine once I unleash kraken force!

      • allannon

        Task Force Kraken actually sounds like something a navy would use.

        • iksnilol

          Better thing to spend the budget on than the F-35, amirite?

    • Out of the Blue

      Is this a Red Alert 2 reference?

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    To counter this deadly threat the Navy is developing anti dolphin poking suits and advanced hand to dolphin combat training.

    • lhecker51

      Actually, the anti dolphin program uses trained great white sharks. The program failed when the sharks went rogue. This is why great white attacks trended up after the program was abandoned. Apparently the training was so intense the sharks developed PTSD and went AWOL before they could get treatment.

  • The last documentary filming the trainers most of the Russian Dolphins are gone or in some show. The program was canceled unless they brought it back,

    • Max Popenker

      IIRC after collapse of the Soviet Union those naval bases went to Ukraine; what happened next is anyone’s guess.

  • Anomanom

    What the actual f…? I mean i suppose its slightly less bizarre than bats with suicide bombs.

  • john huscio

    Memories of SeaQuest DSV…

    • ostiariusalpha

      Oh, yeah! That was an interesting show with a lot of poten… *suppressed memories of episode with Greek gods resurface* urgh, nvm. I have to go smack my head with a hammer again now, thanks a–hole.

      • Chase Buchanan

        I thought that was an original Star Trek episode titled “Who Mourns For Adonais?”

  • CommonSense23

    Our dolphins can also be armed.

  • Bigbigpoopi

    Great. Now there’s armed dolphin rape. Thanks you pinko commie bastards.

  • Tassiebush

    This may be a funny topic but it’s very interesting too!

  • Don Ward

    The only way to stop a bad dolphin with a gun is a good dolphin with a gun.

  • Bill

    Dolphins, chimpanzees and humans are the only animals known to murder other animals. just because. There are documented cases of bottlenose dolphins killing smaller harbor dolphins just for dolphin kicks.

    • MIKE


      • MR

        Stop yelling, I have a hangover.

  • ZF

    “Ivan, look at that magnificent beast of the sea. Look how is shines and shimmers when it jumps through the waves. Let’s stick a gun on them!”

    I’ll be honest, I knew combat dolphins were a thing but man the Russians took it up a notch here. I’m really hoping that they have combat bears now.

    • CommonSense23

      I wouldn’t really considering the Russians took it up a notch with this. They are only copying the US.

    • paul

      If you think Dolphin rape is something, you don’t want to know about bears(you’ll have to ask Goldilocks

  • Martin GrΓΈnsdal

    well, according to Egypt, Israel has trained sharks to attack western tourists around Sharm El Sheikh. Apparentally the genius of the israelis has no limits, as they were able to make the sharks distinguish westerners over local Arabs.

    I don’t know if the sharks were advanced enough to spot arab immigrants to Europe, though.

  • desert

    Why in hell do those idiots want to kill dolphins???

  • Mike Lashewitz

    I am just imaging an animal that uses echo location going deaf from the concussion right there at its head.

    • Edeco

      Yeah really, in any case I’d expect it to be noxious to the dolphin. I could see if it was only supposed to work once per dolphin, and they trained them without live ammo, but apparently they were supposed to do a follow up shot if needed…