'Killer dolphins' with guns on the loose?

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Three military dolphins trained to kill enemy divers using knives and guns attached to their heads are reported to have escaped from the Ukrainian navy, apparently in a quest to find love with a group of females.

Some reports by Ukrainian and Russian media suggest that the dolphins still have firearms attached to their skulls, although this is being denied - in fact the Ukrainian Defence Ministry has denied that the military-trained dolphins even exist, yet alone have escaped.

More recent reports claim the story is a hoax. A news update in The Atlantic - which originally ran the story as factual - now says it was started by a museum director.

However, hoax or not, as a general safety precaution in the future: If you do happen to be swimming in the sea and come across dolphins with guns or knives strapped to their heads, it might be best not to approach them...

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