Project Quick Find: A Marine Mammal System for Object Recovery
Final rept. Sep 1969-Dec 1970
NAVAL UNDERSEA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER SAN DIEGO CA
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Project Quick Find is a recovery system that consists of two men, a rubber boat, a reel of nylon line, a pinger receiver, a grabber device, and a California sea lion. It was developed to provide the Navy with an effective alternative to the use of civers and submersibles for the underwater recovery of small objects. During training sessions four California sea lions demonstrated the ability to locate and recovery pingered objects from a depth of 500 feet. In an actual system demonstration they recovered an inert depth charge from 180 feet of water. The depth charge was 6 feet long and weighed approximately 500 pounds, but the breakout force required to pull it out of the ocean bottom was greater than 500 pounds. Recovery hardware was designed and fabricated that can be used by the sea lion to recover objects weighing approximately 2000 pounds.
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