The United States' Navy has announced plans to phase out its mine-clearing dolphin program, which will be replaced by the use of undersea robots. Oh, and if you weren't aware, the United States' Navy has a mine-clearing dolphin program (it's about 50 years old, in fact). What, did you think it was all fun and games with Flipper and his ilk? BBC As it turns out, dolphins are good for more than just tricks at SeaWorld and scaring Tyra Banks. They've got keen sense, which makes them able to sniff out underwater mines. The only problem is that caring for and training the dolphins takes up a lot of money. And so, enter the robots. While some dolphins may continue to be used past 2017 for specialized missions, these mechanized replacements (called the "Kingfish", har har har) should prove to be an easier, more cost effective alternative. I can appreciate mine-fighting dolphins as much as the next guy, but the US Navy does have a point. With this new technology cheap and available, well, what's the porpoise?