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It’s true, Dolphins get high on pufferfish

I guess humans and dolphins now have more things in common other than using sexual intercourse for pleasure. In a BBC documentary Spy in the Pod, a school of dolphins were seen getting high. Yes, high as in drug abuse high. Getting high from what? Weed? Cocaine? Acid? Let’s just say something more ‘organic’.

The Daily News tells us, ‘The dolphins were filmed gently playing with the puffer, passing it between each other for 20 to 30 minutes at a time, unlike the fish they had caught as prey which were swiftly torn apart.’ See? They’re exactly like us, they pass around their version of a pipe too!

‘Zoologist and series producer Rob Pilley said that it was the first time dolphins had been filmed behaving this way’.

‘At one point the dolphins are seen floating just underneath the water’s surface, apparently mesmerised by their own reflections’.

While Puffer fish are known to emit a highly toxic poison (they’re the second most poisonous vertebrae in the world) the dolphins expertly handled the puffer fish like a bunch of frat boys and only received a small dose, just enough to get them into a trance-like state.

Via Smithsonian Mag