Working Dolphin, K-Dog a Bottle Nose Dolphin leaps out of the water

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    030318-N-5319A-002.Central Command Area of Responsibility (Mar. 18, 2003) -- K-Dog, a Bottle Nose Dolphin belonging to Commander Task Unit (CTU) 55.4.3, leaps out of the water in front Sgt. Andrew Garrett while training near the USS Gunston Hall (LSD 44) in the Arabian Gulf. CTU-55.4.3 is a multi-national team consisting of Naval Special Clearance Team-One, Fleet Diving Unit Three from the United Kingdom, Clearance Dive Team from Australia, and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Units Six and Eight (EODMU-6 and -8). These units are conducting deep/shallow water mine countermeasure operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief. CTU-55.4.3 and USS Gunston Hall are currently forward deployed conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom, the multinational coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people, eliminate Iraq's weapons of mass destruction, and end the regime of Saddam Hussein. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer?s Mate 1st Class Brien Aho. (RELEASED).

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    1. lover1969 70 months ago | reply

      Holy smokes!!! What an awesome capture!!! You had great timing on this shot!

    2. Beverly & Pack 70 months ago | reply

      Connie,

      This is a USN photo taken by the photographer listed above that I found so stunning I just had to share - especially since it's in the public domain. I was searching for military working dogs when I came across this photo. It caught me off guard that such an animal was used for work too. Not to mention the perfect time, as you mentioned.

      There are some very amazingly talented military photographers, as I am hoping to bring light too with the posting of their pictures. If you'd like to find out more about these great military photographers, just click HERE. I must warn you, be prepared to experience some tear filled moments, many of the photographers were killed in action.

    3. Aristocrats-hat 60 months ago | reply

      Perfect timing!

    4. Custom Of The Sea [deleted] 59 months ago | reply

      The ocean hippy in me wants to scream no, but that marine mammal unit is just too damn cool. They even put a GI Joe out of those guys a few years back... I suppose that's the measure of whether or not you've made it!

    5. ams4221 53 months ago | reply

      Congrats on making the lead shot on Giz
      Nice shot

    6. RacingKel 52 months ago | reply

      Fantastic photo. I just hope that they treat this dolphin with respect and the greatest possible care for its welfare.

    7. Mr.Sandpebbles 37 months ago | reply

      I spent time with K-Dog & others in the teams. Remarkably brighter then most ever suspect. Too bad some still get captured in careless fishermans nets. The other "sea-dogs" ? ( SEALS BING A PUN HERENOW) are the bitting, barking flippered ones . So usefull as retrievers but vertially defenceless against a syphisitacated assualt. That's where the K-Dog enters.

    8. Mr.Sandpebbles 37 months ago | reply

      Pises me still. Mass beachings caused by careless sonar operators.
      Seals swam perimiters as back as Nam. We used sonar as anti-diver gear back then as well. Like shoving a head in a sewer & popping a grenade .
      sad shit.

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