Seals are trained to shoot, defuse mines in Russia


  • Tito, 16, and Lilo, nine have been trained at Baikal Seal Aquarium, in Irkutsk
  • Footage shows them firing water guns at targets and saluting their trainer
  • Their training is in honour of Russia’s Victory Day celebrations on Tuesday 

Joe Sheppard For Mailonline

They may look cute and friendly but seals could become modern warfare’s deadliest weapon – at least if this video is anything to go by.

Aquatic mammals Tito, 16, and Lilo, nine, have been trained to shoot, defuse bombs and raise naval flags.

Footage shows them firing water pistols at targets and even saluting their trainer at Baikal Seal Aquarium, in the city of Irkutsk, Russia.

Tito and Lilo, pictured in holding replica guns in military berets, have been trained to shoot, defuse bombs and raise naval flags

Tito and Lilo, pictured in holding replica guns in military berets, have been trained to shoot, defuse bombs and raise naval flags

Tito and Lilo, pictured in holding replica guns in military berets, have been trained to shoot, defuse bombs and raise naval flags

The seals fire at targets at Baikal Seal Aquarium, in the city of Irkutsk

The seals fire at targets at Baikal Seal Aquarium, in the city of Irkutsk

The seals fire at targets at Baikal Seal Aquarium, in the city of Irkutsk

Their training is all in honour of the county’s Victory Day celebrations on Tuesday to commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the capitulation of Nazi Germany in 1945.  

Director of Baikal aquarium Evgeniy Baranov told Ruptly TV the seals were intended to provoke ‘some patriotic feelings, and readiness to defend their Homeland’.

And Maria Chernovopivskaya, Trainer, Baikal seals aquarium, said: ‘Tito and Lilo – those are our two fighters – they’re just like us, different, each one with their own nature. 

One of the seals salutes his trainer in preparation for Russia's Victory Day celebrations

One of the seals salutes his trainer in preparation for Russia's Victory Day celebrations

One of the seals salutes his trainer in preparation for Russia’s Victory Day celebrations

‘Tito is like a go-ahead fellow and Lilo, as a girl, is more shy.’ 

But Warfare is not the only thing seals at Baikal Aquarium are trained to do. 

Last year the MailOnline reported on two seals at the same place that can paint, dance and even play the saxophone. 



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