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Dolphins are said to have many human-like social traits; including the predilection for recreational drugs it seems.
Hidden cameras captured a pod in action as they got 'high' from nerve toxins released by a pufferfish in waters off Southeast Africa.
In the incredible scene, filmed for a Discovery Channel special, the sea creatures are seen rolling on their backs with their eyes closed in an apparent state of bliss.
At one point the dolphins are seen floating just underneath the water's surface, apparently mesmerized by their own reflections.
Though large doses of a puffer's neurotoxinthe can be deadly - 100 times more potent than cyanide - in small amounts it is known to produce a narcotic effect.
The footage, from Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, was taken by wildlife filmmaker John Downer - who has previously used hidden cameras to bring the secrets of penguin colonies to television screens.
Downer designed underwater cameras disguised as squid, tuna and even other dolphins.
Zoologist and series producer Rob Pilley said that it was the first time dolphins had been filmed behaving this way.
He added: 'We saw the dolphins handle the puffers with kid gloves, very gently and delicately like they were almost milking them to not upset the fish too much or kill it.
'As a result the fish released various toxins as a defense. The dolphins then seemed to be mesmerized.'
He insisted that the scene couldn't have been a one-off encounter, saying: 'The dolphins were specifically going for the puffers and deliberately handling them with care.'
where might one get one of these puffers
originally posted by: bigman88
Animals purposefully tripping on drugs is what floored me long ago.
Savannah animals of all species will get drunk off of fermented Kuala fruit that fell off the tree. Wobbles and falls all over the place like the drunkest of the drunk.
Leopards lick poison toads and sit there zoned out staring at there reflection in the water.
These small weird looking monkey's in Madagascar will search for and lightly bite these large armored caterpillar's that excrete poison when attacked. They behave just like us high and drunk humans, slouching onto a tree so that they don't fall on their faces. The young and the female monkey's look at their patriarch in disappointment.
Read an article in England where wasps hammered from eating rotten peaches and apples are buzzing around all over the place and attacking anyone and anything, including each other, without provocation. It's gotten so bad the town administrators had to step in.
Dogs in Australia licking poison toads whenever they come across them.