Hamas authorities in Gaza claim to have captured an Israeli "spy dolphin" off the coast of Gaza Wednesday.
Yes, a spy dolphin.
Sources in Gaza say the dolphin in question was wearing cameras and other equipment, and was captured by Hamas's "military wing," the Ezzedine al-Qassan Brigades, according to IDF Radio.
Dolphins are believed to be highly intelligent – but this would be the first time a dolphin has been accused of acting as a secret agent.
It is not known which Israeli intelligence agency said dolphin is accused of working for.
This is not the first such bizarre claim by a Muslim group or country of animals being "recruited" to conduct acts of espionage on behalf of Israel.
Usually the accusations are the result of authorities mistaking tracking devices placed on animals by scientists – to track information like migration patterns or the movements of endangered species for example – for sophisticated "spy equipment." Often, the mere presence of Hebrew writing on a device is seen as "proof" of a Mossad connection.
Now, it appears, the dolphins are in on it too.