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The discovery itself is notable enough: Navy specialists found a rare torpedo off the San Diego coast, an 11-foot brass gem called the Howell that dates back 130 years or so and was one of the first torpedoes to propel itself.

Only 50 were made, and only one other one still exists. But what makes the story even better is that the Navy specialists who found it were trained dolphins, reports the Los Angeles Times.

“Dolphins naturally possess the most sophisticated sonar known to man,” explains a specialist at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Pacific. “We’ve never found anything like this,” says the head of the Navy’s marine mammal program. “Never.”

Read more at USA Today

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