The full truth about the world’s first DEFENDER DOLPHINS has never been told — until now!
Meet Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad, Project Short Time’s highly trained defender dolphins who protected a key ammunition pier in Vietnam — and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with dolphins, many of them their descendants.
Learn how the author — the Navy’s First Marine Mammal Officer — as well as all the scientists, engineers, military leaders, and trainers built the Navy’s SECRET Marine Mammal Program literally from scratch, added to scientific knowledge, and successfully saved lives and high value resources during the Vietnam War.
Included inside are:
• Never-before-seen historic photographs.
• A timeline of events, a map, and a glossary.
• Behind-the-scenes human-interest stories.
• Profiles of key personnel.
• A look at the defender dolphins and other key marine mammals.
• A where-are-they-now summary.
• A refutation of common misconceptions and distortions about military dolphins.
“Detailed and fascinating account of a clandestine effort undertaken decades ago during the Vietnam war...”
— James Zumwalt, Lieutenant Colonel, USMC (ret.), son of Admiral Elmo R. (Bud) Zumwalt Jr., the Chief of Naval Operations who ordered the deployment of Project Short Time
“Of great interest to readers…”
— Ricou Browning, author/creator of the popular 1960s movie and television franchise Flipper
“Hal Goforth’s remarkable story details for the first time the partnership forged between man and dolphins...”
— Terrie M. Williams., Ph.D., Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California, Santa Cruz
DEFENDER DOLPHINS: The Story of Project Short Time is the never-before-told eyewitness account of a unique and daring SECRET project during the Vietnam War involving the first-ever military use of dolphins.
Even though the facts contained in DEFENDER DOLPHINS were declassified in 1992, no one has attempted to document the amazing project — until now. Myths and lies have filled the void, calling into question the integrity of the program that saved lives in Vietnam, added to scientific knowledge, and laid a foundation for modern-day partnerships with trained dolphins, many of them descendants of the original defender dolphins. Ten years in the making, DEFENDER DOLPHINS corrects the misconceptions by spelling out the true story.
DEFENDER DOLPHINS begins with the early days of nascent marine mammal research at California’s Naval Ordnance Test Station China Lake and Point Mugu Naval Missile Center, and follows the “Secret Fish People” at the Naval Undersea Center Hawaii Lab, to deployment of the Swimmer Defense System at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam. Behind-the-scenes stories bring to life the men and women who sacrificed to make Project Short Time a success. The book also effectively refutes many of the rumors, distortions, and misinformation still floating around about military use of dolphins.
DEFENDER DOLPHINS highlights the vision, ingenuity, persistence, and personal sacrifice of the pioneers who braved low budgets, brutal deadlines, and bureaucratic snafus to achieve something new and great with Garth, John, Slan, Tinker and Toad — the defender dolphins.