Hamas Army Radio, alleged to have reported the capture on Wednesday, noted that the errant mammal was caught several weeks ago by frogmen commandos operating just off the coast of the Gaza Strip, controlled by Hamas's political wing and subject to an Israeli blockade.
Wearing bandanas while you swim? So 1990 TMNT dudes… "Hamas releases new video of its frogmen unit training. pic.twitter.com/ykxhoIIvV4— Hammuda Gheith (@HammudaGheith) 14 декабря 2014
Hamas frogmen of the kind allegedly used to capture the dolphin spy.
Also in 2012, a vulture with an Israeli tag was captured in Sudan, and touted to be a Mossad spy. Israeli officials had to explain that only the vulture itself was being tracked, as part of a study on the migration patterns of the rare species. In 2011, some Saudi Arabian media accused Israel of using a griffon vulture for espionage purposes. In 2010, an official in Egypt's Sinai province said that rumors of Mossad dumping a shark in the Red Sea near tourist areas deserved serious investigation.
Not all Israeli reporting on the matter was so glib. The Jerusalem Post limited its sarcastic commentary, noting only that dolphins are considered by scientists to be some of "the most intelligent animals in all of nature," and adding that they "are considered so advanced that some countries have made use of them militarily."
The United States' Navy's Marine Mammal Program is known to have 85 trained dolphins and 50 sea lions in service, carrying out missions including the guarding of harbors, mine-clearing, and equipment recovery. This includes guarding the arsenal of the US's third largest naval base, located outside Seattle. After the secret program was declassified in the 1990s, officials have revealed that dolphins were used in Vietnam, and in the US's wars in the Persian Gulf, chiefly to keep enemy frogmen from approaching US vessels.