THE Palestinian governing party Hamas claims to have captured a dolphin which it accuses of working as a spy for Israeli agency Mossad.
Palestinian newspaper Al Quds reported that commandos spotted the alleged spy making suspicious movements outside Gaza port and Hamas’ military wing Ezzedine al-Qassan Brigades went out to pick it up and claimed it was carrying spying equipment, including cameras and a dart gun.
Israel’s Army Radio replied to the accusations stating that although the country has a fleet of Dolphin class submarines, the capture Hamas was referring to, reported to have happened a few weeks ago, was a mammal.
This is not the first time there have been claims of Israel using animals as spies: in 2012 an eagle captured in Sudan was said to be a Mossad spy by locals and in 2010 Egypt said attacks on tourists in the Red Sea could have been carried out by Israel-controlled sharks.
Turkish media have also said twice in recent years that birds with Israeli university tracking devices could be on spy missions.
Yet this is the first time a dolphin, believed to be one of the world’s smartest animals, has been accused of spying for Mossad.