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Fricken' sharkThe latest advance in espionage is sonar-controlled spy sharks:

The Pentagon is funding research into neural implants with the ultimate hope of turning sharks into ‘stealth spies’ capable of gliding undetected through the ocean, a report says.

The research, outlined in this week’s issue of New Scientist builds on experimental work to control animals by implanting tiny electrodes in their brain, which are then stimulated to induce a behavioural response.

“The Pentagon hopes to exploit sharks’ natural ability to glide quietly through the water, sense delicate electrical gradients and follow chemical trails,” says the report.

“By remotely guiding the sharks’ movements they hope to transform the animals into stealth spies, perhaps capable of following vessels without being spotted.”

Regina of We Make Money Not Art has more coverage.

Now, ‘fess up: When you read about the sharks, was this the first thing you thought of?

I thought so.