Feb 16, 2007
This week, the U.S. Navy announced that up to 30 dolphins and other marine mammals may be used to patrol Puget Sound near Seattle to protect Kitsap-Bangor Naval Base from terrorist activities.
Dolphins and marine mammals can locate underwater swimmers and objects and assist with a variety of additional tasks.
But what other interesting intelligence developments are emerging about dolphins that involve sensitive and fascinating insight into human consciousness?
Tucked within a declassified bibliography of "Project STARGATE" reports on extrasensory perception (ESP), "anomalous cognition" and "remote viewing" is a research paper titled "A Remote Action Investigation with Marine Animals."
The Navy has been working with dolphins and marine mammals since the 1960s.
The creatures have been operationally deployed several times, including in war zones and probably for activities not routinely disclosed.
The dolphins, sea lions and other animals are trained and coordinated by the Navy's Marine Mammal Program at the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center (SPAWAR) on San Diego's Point Loma peninsula, home to many Navy activities.
The dolphins and marine mammals have reportedly learned to communicate and work well with their human counterparts.
As well as conducting various operations, Navy research on dolphins and marine mammal intelligence and sonar-like perception has also been conducted.
Marine mammals apparently were also subjects of research as part of a "Program Plan for Anomalous Mental Phenomena."
This effort was conducted as part of government investigations into remote viewing and anomalous cognition.
A declassified bibliography of research papers completed from 1976 to 1990 includes an unclassified 1987 report titled "A Remote Action Investigation with Marine Animals" by Dr. Edwin May and Dr. Charles Pleass.
The research by May and Pleass was conducted for SRI International, Menlo Park, California. SRI has been one of the primary research entities conducting investigations into remote viewing and anomalous cognition for the U.S. military and intelligence services.
Most people have heard about SRI in connection with Project STARGATE, the program that researched ESP, now often referred to as anomalous cognition and the techniques called remote viewing. The program had several other code names during the 1970s, '80s and '90s.
Remote viewing is a combination of ESP-type methods developed by the military and intelligence agencies to gather intelligence and to assist in counterintelligence activities.
The research report connecting remote viewing researchers to marine mammals seems to indicate an association that many people are already aware of, and others probably will find intriguing.
Developing ESP skills in humans is one thing. Examining telepathy and other kinds of anomalous cognition in a highly intelligent species like dolphins takes this kind of research in an even more interesting direction.
People of many cultures who have lived near the sea and been exposed to dolphins and other marine mammals have had tales to tell. Legends and lore about dolphins offer fascinating looks at connections between our two species.
Throughout history, dolphins have been said to be a friend to humans. Stories of humans being rescued at sea, or being guided at sea by dolphins can be found in many cultures too.
Much has been written about anecdotal reports, ancient and recent, of interesting encounters between humans and dolphins.
Personal authentic experiences have been reported by many people about unique and significant interactions with dolphins.
And, some people have written about possible telepathy among dolphins, and between dolphins and human.
Although these reports often come from credible people, they are also difficult or impossible to verify scientifically.
Many scientists have researched dolphins, whales and other marine mammals. Probably the most well known of these is the late John C. Lilly, M.D. (1915-2001).
Lilly was a physician and psychoanalyst who focused on biophysics, neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, electronics and computer theory. He also studied consciousness - human and dolphin consciousness.
The 1973 movie THE DAY OF THE DOLPHIN was based on Lilly's work. George C. Scott starred as a character similar to Lilly.
The 1980 film ALTERED STATES was also based on Lilly's consciousness research.
Explaining his view of dolphins, whales and other cetaceans, he said, "They (cetaceans) have been on the planet now with brains our size or larger for 25 million years. We've only been here with our present brain size about two-tenths of a million years. So they've been here something on the order of 25 to 50 to 100 times the length of time we have."
Lilly authored many books on consciousness and other subjects which have been read by millions worldwide. These include MAN AND DOLPHIN and LILLY ON DOLPHINS: HUMANS OF THE SEA.
In his later years, Lilly lived on Maui, Hawaii, and spent much effort involved with dolphin research and understanding.
We now know that dolphins have a large brain dense with neurological wiring, comparable to the human brain. The functioning of the dolphin brain and entire neurological system has been studied extensively.
Research indicates that these creatures are highly intelligent and may possess powers of perception that humans do not yet fully understand.
But, maybe researchers have discovered more than the general public knows about.
Maybe the research by Drs. May and Pleass contains important insight into consciousness that seems especially crucial at this time.
The human-dolphin connection may be a type of inter-species relationship that has unique aspects. It might teach us about human beings and our often difficult human-caused problems on Earth.
The Navy dolphins and marine mammals, working so closely with humans, may have valuable insight about us.