Dolphins Get High By Chewing On Pufferfish And Passing Them Around – HealthyTipsAdvice

A new discovery has proven that dolphins get high when they catch pufferfish in their mouths an swim with them. 



The pufferfish is well known to balloon and emit a neurotoxic chemical for a fight and flight response to predators. The neurotoxin can kill in a small amount, but in that little bit, the dolphin gets high off it. 



The chemical gives off an effect common in narcotics. Dolphins are learning how to get the right amount of it, without any damage to their health. 


John Downer, produced a documentary on wildlife for BBC One, and in these photos, they show dolphins enjoying getting high off the pufferfish. Once they get a little buzz, they let go of the fish.

A zoologist, Rob Pilley, worked on the show as a producer, and said “this was a case of young dolphins purposely experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating. “After chewing the puffer gently and passing it round, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection.

“It reminded us of that craze a few years ago when people started licking toads to get a buzz, especially the way they hung there in a daze afterwards. It was the most extraordinary thing to see.”


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