Iran media outlet: Captured ‘Mossad dolphin’ a robot
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Iran media outlet: Captured ‘Mossad dolphin’ a robot

Hamas has claimed its naval unit caught mammal equipped with espionage equipment, including cameras

Illustrative photo of an Israeli diver swimming with a dolphin at the Dolphin Reef of the Red Sea in Eilat. 
(Nati Shohat /Flash90)
Illustrative photo of an Israeli diver swimming with a dolphin at the Dolphin Reef of the Red Sea in Eilat. (Nati Shohat /Flash90)

An Iranian media outlet said Wednesday evening that the dolphin Hamas claimed to have caught spying for Israel was actually a “robot.”

While most media outlets quoted Hamas earlier Wednesday as asserting it had captured the aquatic mammal, one of nature’s most intelligent animals, and implausibly asserting that it was equipped with cameras and was engaged in espionage, the regime-linked Fars news agency quoted “media reports” ostensibly claiming that “the divers of the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement have seized a Israeli-made robot dolphin equipped with espionage equipment, including video-recording cameras.”

Fars added of its robotic version: “The spy dolphin was also equipped with small arrows and bullets to enable it to target humans, including Hamas special forces.”

The dolphin was purportedly captured off the Gaza coast several weeks ago by the naval unit of the Hamas military wing.

The Israeli Navy maintains a fleet of Dolphin class submarines. But media reports made clear that Hamas was talking about a mammal, not a boat — or a robot.

An Israeli navy Dolphin-class submarine (photo credit: Moshe Shai/FLASH90)
An Israeli navy Dolphin-class submarine (Moshe Shai/FLASH90)

Spying allegations against Israel involving various creatures are not uncommon in the region.

Twice in recent years, Turkish media have highlighted allegations that birds tagged with Israeli university tracking devices were on espionage missions.

In 2012, an eagle with an Israeli tag in Sudan was captured and touted as a Mossad spy.

Two years earlier, an Egyptian official said Israel-controlled sharks could be involved in a number of attacks on tourists in the Red Sea.

Wednesday’s report marked the first known allegations against dolphins.

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