Sea Lion TrainerWritten by U.S. Navy Seal veteran Michael P. Wood, Project Quick Find tells the story about U.S. Navy SEALs training sea lions to recover objects from the ocean floor. It takes place from the inception of the Quick Find Project in Hawaii, to the recruiting of Navy SEALs working as sea lion trainers in Coronado, California, as well as the official Navy certification of the Quick Find system. The story continues through the sea lion captures at San Nicholas Island, CA and the Project Quick Find ultimate mission change and expansion of the program while all along illustrating the bond between the sea lions and their SEAL trainers.

This video clip from 1977 shows sea lions learning how to locate and mark inert mine shapes:

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