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Dolphin May be Getting High on Puffer Fish

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Recently filmmakers were filming dolphins for a documentary called ‘Dolphins: Spy in the Pod’, and discovered after dolphins eat puffer fish, they seem to get high. They enter a trance-like state. It was all caught on cameras that were to made look like animals to provoke the dolphin’s curiosity and let the cameras film them naturally.

The film crew discovered when the dolphin’s ate puffer fish they seemed to get high and hang around the surface of the water with their nose sticking out of the surface and totally fascinated with their own reflections.

Christie Wilcox, author of Discover’s Science Sushi says she thinks dolphins are just being curious and not getting high because puff fish would shut down nerve cells but doesn’t cross the brain blood barrier. She said if dolphins wanted to get high, there are a lot of other sea critters that would be better for that.

Abcnews.go.com

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