Puff, puff, pass: Young dolphins deliberately chew puffer fish to get high with each other

Dolphins with puffer fish

Experts have found evidence that young dolphins purposefully and carefully chew puffer fish to get high.   The behavior was captured by filmmakers during the creation of the BBC One documentary series Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, which used spy cameras hidden in fake turtles, fish and squid to film more than 900 hours of the aquatic mammals in their natural habitat.   Puffer fish release a toxin that can be deadly in larger amounts, but it can produce a narcotic effect in smaller doses.   Scientists found that dolphins apparently had learned just how much of the toxin would safely intoxicate them, and they carefully chewed the fish and then passed it among themselves…..MORE    ……..and video below……….

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One Response to Puff, puff, pass: Young dolphins deliberately chew puffer fish to get high with each other

  1. Capt Jill says:

    just proves once again that we’re not so strange to want to get high every once in a while, there’s nothing wrong with it, even dolphins do it (and lot’s of other animal species too)

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