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This is What 'Blissed Out' Dolphins Look Like When They're High on Recreational Drugs: VIDEO


"This is the first time that apparent recreational drug use has been documented in dolphins."

In this case, the recreational drug is a neurotoxin released by a puffer fish which the dolphins pass around and "puff" on before allowing the fish to swim free.

Watch a fascinating clip from the two-part BBC documentary "Spy in the Pod",


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  1. Duuuude

    Posted by: Raybob | Jan 10, 2014 11:19:39 AM

  2. Puffer fish takes on a whole new meaning.

    Posted by: woodroad34d | Jan 10, 2014 11:32:37 AM

  3. Don't bogart that puffer fish, bro

    Posted by: CPT_Doom | Jan 10, 2014 12:03:44 PM

  4. Well, that would explain why dolphins are smiling all the time.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 10, 2014 12:20:33 PM

  5. First jaguars, now dolphins. I wonder what mechanism makes recreational drug use so prevalent among mammals? A byproduct of the way mammalian brains function? If so, what function?

    Posted by: Mike B. | Jan 10, 2014 12:26:42 PM

  6. very interesting to watch, thanks for posting & also we humans produce DMT (trace amounts). Why? No one really knows, lots of theories... ...

    Posted by: psydburn | Jan 10, 2014 1:34:12 PM

  7. Soundtrack should have been "Aqualung".

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Jan 10, 2014 4:42:41 PM

  8. Now I'm waiting for the story of high school teens getting high on puffer fish and dying from the poison. It's inevitable.

    Posted by: Andy | Jan 10, 2014 5:14:18 PM

  9. I almost cried for the poor puffer fish until it got away

    Posted by: dumbnhung | Jan 10, 2014 5:18:11 PM

  10. @Mike B.: basic pleasure seeking, perhaps?

    Posted by: Paul R | Jan 10, 2014 6:02:27 PM

  11. Outrageous. It must be banned! No...scratch that! Regulated and taxed! That's it, that's the ticket! Do it now,for the, baby dolphins. Puffer fish are a gateway drug! Look how cute and cartoonish they ate, obviously marketed to appeal to teenage dolphins! And ban it in public places, we don't want anyone dying from second hand puffer fish toxin.

    Posted by: ratbastard | Jan 10, 2014 7:24:16 PM

  12. Higher mammals indeed!

    Posted by: castaway | Jan 10, 2014 8:05:45 PM

  13. @ WoodRoad34D, CPT_DOOM, you guys cracked me up :-)

    @ RatBastard, clever!

    @ Mike B. It's not just mammals, but I remember reading once about a kind of insect that gets high. I wouldn't be surprised if blissing-out just comes with the territory with sentient beings, no matter the substance and form.

    Posted by: Galbanum | Jan 10, 2014 9:36:46 PM

  14. Hysterically funny, RatBastard!! Kudos!

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jan 10, 2014 10:23:09 PM

  15. Anthropocentrism at it best.

    Posted by: SAYTHETRUHT | Jan 13, 2014 11:06:10 AM

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