Those pesky Somali pirates are having a tough couple of days. One day after three of them got picked off by U.S. Navy Seals, another pirate raid was thwarted by a different type of amphibious mammal.
Yesterday, a group of Chinese merchant ships was saved from imminent Somalian pirate attack by thousands of dolphins, which sprung up out of the water between them.
Though the Chinese merchant ships had a Chinese navy fleet escorting them through the dangerous Gulf of Aden off the Somali coast, the dolphins were what foiled the pirates’ attack. Apparently, the pirates had only stopped heading towards the merchant ships when the giant school of dolphins appeared.
Military protection has proven to be somewhat futile against the harassing pirates anyways. According to Xinhua, about 20 percent of all ships that pass through the Gulf of Aden are attacked by pirates. Piracy off the shores of Somalia has increased significantly since the 1990s as shipping companies began to pay ransoms and negotiate safe-passage.
Perhaps the U.N. Security Council should stop relying on military force and call in Aquaman instead. It appears his troops are doing a better job protecting ships than the world’s most powerful navies.