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Seal-whisker sensors tickle Navy

Navy hopes to rig ships with passive sensor setup

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Photographs by STEVEN SENNE / AP

Engineer David Wade (top) and marine mammal biologist Christin Murphy position a seal whisker inside a water tunnel in a laboratory at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, in Newport, R.I.

NEWPORT, R.I. -- The U.S. Navy is enlisting the help of seals -- but not the kind of highly trained special operatives with whom it usually associates.

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Marine mammal biologist Christin Murphy watches a seal whisker inside a moving water tunnel as a laser tracks its movement in... + Enlarge

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