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Dolphins 'getting high' on puffer fish

  1. Phungushead
    DOLPHINS' well-known smarts appear to have led them to drugs.

    The brainy mammals have been caught on camera chewing on puffer fish that protect themselves by releasing a nerve toxin which, in low doses, appears to have a narcotic effect on the dolphins, according to the Sunday Times.

    The remarkable footage will be shown as part of the BBC series Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, which uses remote-controlled underwater cameras to film dolphins up close.

    The two-part series, which begins in the UK on Thursday, includes a segment showing dolphins deliberately passing around puffer fish in an apparent effort to milk them of their defence toxins.

    "This was a case of young dolphins purposefully experimenting with something we know to be intoxicating," said Rob Pilley, a zoologist who worked as a producer on the series.

    "After chewing the puffer and gently passing it round, they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection."

    Mr Pilley said that the dolphins treated the puffer fish differently to their regular prey, which they usually rip apart.

    And like any experienced drug user, dolphins appear to know their product.

    "The dolphins were specifically going for the puffers and deliberately handling them with care. Dolphins seem to be experts on how to prepare puffers and how to handle them."

    30 December 2013

    News Limited Network
    Image: Pass the puffer... Dolphins chew puffer fish to get high on their defence toxins, a zoologist says. Picture: John Downer Productions Source: Supplied


    Did Japanese fishermen learn about the effects of fugu by observing dolphin behaviour?

    Google: "fugu; japan; picture"
  2. Diverboone
    New drug scourge is sweeping the oceans

    Dolphins are suffering the worst epidemic to ever face them. These drug crazed dolphins are the worst of the worst. One use of puffer fish and they are addicted for life. These Pufferheads have been know to circle the globe 5 times in one day just to get their puffer fix. There is no known treatment for addicted pufferheads. All the fish in the sea are calling for stiff mandatory minimum sentences for anyone that is involved in the use, manufacture, transportation, or possessing the dreaded pufferfish. Prepare for the mass incarceration of puffer fish and those who use puffer fish.

    Well it's a good thing that these dolphins do not reside in the U S or this headline above would be a reality. And I'm pretty sure that dolphins are much more intelligent than our real life drug warriors. Animals like to feel good. Homo-saipan's have been searching out ways to do this for at least the last ten thousand years, brewing of beer has been dated back to 10,000 B C.
  3. SwampFox56
    The program shoulda been named "Dolphine"
  4. Alien Sex Fiend
    thats ok, ok people. FBI is on the case and they shoot puffer fish on sight. we don't want our children addicted like that. do not google puffer fish dolphine zombie gets high
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