The Navy: The Case of Lieut. Dolphin

The Case of Lieut. Dolphin

"The Navy may mistreat people," joked an officer last week, "but never dolphins." He was trying to defuse charges by Rick Trout, a former trainer at the Naval Ocean Systems Command in San Diego, that sea mammals in a classified Navy program had been beaten or starved during training, and that two had died as a result of abuse. The Marine Mammal Commission, announced that it will investigate.

- The charges focused new attention on the Navy's long-standing use of dolphins. There are now 115 "in uniform," who serve in recovering torpedoes and locating hostile frogmen in waters ranging from the...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!