Long before Jason Mamoa reinvented Aquaman as a gruff, tatted up badass, many of us can remember a day when he was the lamest member of the Justice League. The blonde haired pretty boy was capable of communicating with fish – often calling upon their help to foil water based crime or to defend his Kingdom of Atlantis. Talking to fish, we all chuckled, what a worthless super power.

But that’s not how DARPA sees it.

While Aquaman may call on a pod of whales to help keep a boat from sinking, DARPA, or the U.S. Government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, hopes to take a far broader approach: they want to use aquatic wildlife to help them identify and track enemy movements deep within the ocean using a program calls PALS: the Persistent Aquatic Living Sensors (PALS) program.