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A group of unlikely workers operating from San Diego is set to lose their job in 2017, but for once losing a job might come as a boon to the poor laborers as 80 of the navy's mine sweeping dolphins are expected to be replaced by more easily produced machines. The dolphins themselves won't be out of work for long, though, as the Navy already plans to transition their services to other, less hazardous jobs.
Some dolphins used by the Navy to track down mines will soon lose their jobs to robots - but they'll be reassigned, not retired.
Starting in 2017, 24 of the Navy's 80 military-trained dolphins will be replaced by a 12-foot unmanned torpedo-shaped vehicle, according to UT San Diego (http://bit.ly/VbJkA0).
The military said the machines can do some of the same mine-hunting duties as the sea creatures. And they can be manufactured quickly, unlike the seven years it takes to train a dolphin.