900 hours of video footage, filmed for a new documentary by John Downer using spy cameras concealed inside artificial turtles, fish and squid, shows that dolphins use puffer fish to get high!
In some of the video scenes it was discovered that the dolphins had learned how to successfully manipulate a certain type of puffer fish into releasing a nerve toxin, if provoked. Although large doses of the toxin can potentially be fatal to dolphins, the dolphins had learned how to get the puffer fish to release the exact right amount for them to get high without running the risk of death as a result.
The dolphins were observed carefully chewing on the puffer fish to release the right amount of the nerve toxin then started passing it around between each other, just as humans do with Cannabis joints. Doing so caused them to enter a trance-like state.
According to Zoologist Rob Pilley, who also worked on the documentary:
"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."
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