The new BBC documentary, Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, shows that adolescent dolphins, much like many adolescent humans like to get a buzz on now and then.
The young dolphins swim up to puffer fish (which can be toxic in large amounts) and take a gentle chew on them before passing the puffer on to the next dolphin waiting in the group. The puffer-chew is thought to have a narcotic-like effect on the druggie dolphins.
After chewing and passing a puff, they can be seen in hidden critter cameras acting strangely and tripping on their own reflections.
I wonder if they have PA (Puffer’s Anonymous) for the dolphins that are a bit too indulgent and who chew off a bit too much to handle?
See for yourself!
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