The key topic of Russian propaganda in Crimea for two days has been the issue of “Black Sea Fleet’s fighting dolphins”, raised in the publication of the US Naval Institute.

Based on satellite images, US experts say the Russian occupiers allegedly placed rafts and underwater dolphin enclosures at the entrance to Sevastopol’s main bay in February 2022, allegedly to “protect” the Black Sea Fleet’s main base from underwater divers.

Historical experience of attempts to use dolphins for military purposes and similar Russian studies with belugas, highlighted a few years ago in the Murmansk region, were indicated.

That is why the Russian occupiers are now boasting about the “abilities of trained dolphins” which allegedly “scared the Americans”. In fact, the “fighting qualities” of dolphins in the search for and destruction of saboteurs are considered by most experts to be too overestimated.

In addition, animals do not tolerate the use of military sonar, because due to the radiation of navigation devices, mammals cease to receive echoes, which leads to their death. By the way, this has already led to the mass death of wild Black Sea dolphins as part of the constant maneuvers of the aggressor’s fleet in the basin’s waters since January 2022.

According to media reports, prior to the occupation of Crimea, the relevant work of Ukrainian researchers with dolphins was refocused on the rehabilitation of patients through so-called “dolphin therapy”, the effectiveness of which is also questioned by some researchers. In general, as scientists point out, keeping a dolphin in captivity is excessive stress for it, which is why dolphinariums are currently banned in many civilized countries.

We did not just mention these features of dolphins, because in fact the “battle dolphins”, controlled by the Russian army have become a common tool of enriching a group of dealers in uniform and affiliated with it. The fact is that “fighting” dolphins die en masse and are unable to reproduce in the “careful fins” of the Russian military

Therefore, there is a constant need to “replenish the staff” instead of “dead fighters”, and if Russian sailors are supplied to the Black Sea Fleet twice a year for free, dolphins are periodically bought from criminal and commercial structures close to the aggressor’s navy headquarters, primarily Caucasian ones, at considerable “public expenses”, of course with a significant number of “dead souls” and bribes.

We do not yet know how many dolphins of the Black Sea Fleet “heroically died” on staff papers during the large-scale Russian aggression and how many “replenishment with fins” the aggressor’s command wants to buy more. But it is obvious that this “maritime” business will prosper in Sevastopol until the deoccupation of Crimea.