Dolphins Enjoy Getting High on Puffer Fish Nerve Toxins

Dolphins Enjoy Getting High on Puffer Fish Nerve Toxins

Recreational drug use isn't just for humans any more.

When I was a kid, a police officer came to my school and gave a presentation about the dangers of drug abuse. He taught us how to avoid junkies and drug dealers, but he didn't even mention the most predatory pusher in the sea: dolphins. I can't really blame him, though. We've only just discovered that dolphins are drug abusers.

A BBC film crew recently captured the incriminating footage using a remote-controlled camera disguised as a sea turtle. In it, several young dolphins can be seen manipulating a puffer fish, which then releases a nerve toxin. Toxins like these can be deadly in large doses, but these dolphins ingest just enough to turn swimming upside down into a spiritual experience.

"After chewing the puffer gently and passing it round," explains Rob Pilley, a zoologist who is working as a producer on the documentary series, "they began acting most peculiarly, hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection. It reminded us of that craze a few years ago when people started licking toads to get a buzz, especially the way they hung there in a daze afterwards. It was the most extraordinary thing to see."

The BBC hasn't released the footage just yet, but the series, which is called Dolphins: Spy in the Pod, will hit British airwaves this week. Though, you'll have to wait until the second episode.

Suddenly Sea World doesn't seem quite as wholesome as it once was.

Source: The Independent

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They commit rapes, form gangs, use drugs and can talk to each other... if they start using fire we'll have to classify them as a sapient species and stop eating them.

Dolphins are also enjoy recreational sex and sadism. They're just like us.

...Are we sure humans didn't evolve from dolphins instead of apes? Kidding, kidding. But seriously, the learn I more about dolphins, the more I realize they're not so friendly as people like to say they are...

Well, this is a twist of events.

I knew dolphins did some pretty weird stuff and can act like a bunch of dicks, but if they dig getting high then that would explain a few things...

CrazyGirl17:
...Are we sure humans didn't evolve from dolphins instead of apes? Kidding, kidding. But seriously, the learn I more about dolphins, the more I realize they're not so friendly as people like to say they are...

And Flipper suddenly isn't so whimsical anymore.

With how smart dolphins are and the way sound travels underwater, how long before they realized that turtle wasn't really a turtle? They're swimming around it clicking like "Hey, look at this asshole!"

Danm I must of watched too many Team Fortress 2 dubs since now I can easily see that clip being dub by the TF2 Spy!
Anyway, dang! I didn't know dolphin can be drugy, made me wonder what happens if one became addicted to it? How would one send it to rehab?

CrazyGirl17:
...Are we sure humans didn't evolve from dolphins instead of apes? Kidding, kidding. But seriously, the learn I more about dolphins, the more I realize they're not so friendly as people like to say they are...

Dolphins are empathetic. That much is clear. But they ain't no sea angels, i've known that forever.
I once swam with some as a kid, they were devious little assholes but still seemed like they were having fun. So yeah emotionally I'd claim dolphins are closer to humans than any other species. Giving Apes a run for their money.

MCerberus:
Dolphins are also enjoy recreational sex and sadism. They're just like us.

Except stupider.

OT: So do people, thats why people eat the damn things, you can't get rid of all the poison, but the tiny amount in the safe flesh provides a high.

Charli:

CrazyGirl17:
...Are we sure humans didn't evolve from dolphins instead of apes? Kidding, kidding. But seriously, the learn I more about dolphins, the more I realize they're not so friendly as people like to say they are...

Dolphins are empathetic. That much is clear. But they ain't no sea angels, i've known that forever.
I once swam with some as a kid, they were devious little assholes but still seemed like they were having fun. So yeah emotionally I'd claim dolphins are closer to humans than any other species. Giving Apes a run for their money.

Now I want to see a fight between dolphins and Apes.

I find the more interesting story here to be that apparently some sea turtles may in fact be remote cameras in disguise.

I love this species.

Rapists and now druggies that have most the human race tricked into liking them. All those women walking around with jewellery symbols of rapists makes me smile.

Now if someone could just work out they are somehow racist and responsible for at least one genocide, then we can just start calling them sea-humans.

There are plenty of sick, perverted animals. At least by human social standards. Sea otters for example rape baby seals to death, just for kicks.

http://www.iflscience.com/plants-and-animals/animals-can-be-giant-jerks

Fucking dolphins! This was a much nicer neighbourhood before this riffraff showed up, what with their drugs, gangs and mad orgies!

I wonder when Dolphins will get smart enough to start building their own machines? Once they learn how to make Tools, then I think we might be able to classify them as "Sapient". Also, they need an organized religion and a Family Structure, as well as at least one "Village" to be completley Sapient.

Mr.Mattress:
will get smart enough

It not a matter of intelligence. it's a matter of need.

Dolphins have never had any need for tools to overcome anything and they still don't, so they will never build any.

We needed a way to kill bigger and faster things so we made tools. There was no way we were killing mammoths or deer with our hands.

"Listen well. You know what this is? This is the 1st prize trophy of the All-County Cocksucking Championships. The judges said I was like a vacuum cleaner with a puffer fish on the end. Meet me out front in 20 minutes and you will have the most mind-blowing 30 seconds of your life. 20 minutes. Out front. Puffer fish."

Sorry, had to.

The BBC is cool to bring us this information. I don't know how many other govt' funded media would do this. Certainly not in China.

1337mokro:
They commit rapes, form gangs, use drugs and can talk to each other... if they start using fire we'll have to classify them as a sapient species and stop eating them.

Or worse... got to war with them Highlander-style...

"There can be only one dominant sapient species..."

OT: Let me know when they start throwing up legit gang signs and/or lingo that is sure to become retro lingo in about 10 to 20 years... or if we end up with a dolphin equivalent to "Marley and Me"...

I would watch that (and this new upcoming special) with popcorn on hand...

Are you sure? Dolphins already act strange and admire their own reflection.

CrazyGirl17:
...Are we sure humans didn't evolve from dolphins instead of apes? Kidding, kidding. But seriously, the learn I more about dolphins, the more I realize they're not so friendly as people like to say they are...

Depends on how much contact with people they have too, and if you happen to come upon them in the midst of their orgy season. Back home, in Key Largo, about a half-mile off my family dock there was a pod of Dolphins that I'd regularly swim with after kayaking out there. It got to a point where if I didn't get out of the kayak (that trip btw wasn't solely to swim with them, but to go to an island about a mile out) they'd bump the kayak til I did. They knew me, and got all sorts of pissed if I didn't acknowledge them. I never was attacked though, and they were very friendly even towing me from time to time (grab on to the dorsal fin and hang the fuck on, hold breath, what a rush....)
But I did know about when mating season was and stayed the hell out of that area during so.
Now you want the scariest sea-life that I know of? Fucking barracudas. These masses of scale and tooth (seriously look up what a barracuda looks like) are the bipolar assholes of the sea. There's no warning if they're going to attack, nothing. They just either decide to bite the shit out of you or not. A friend and I went diving out on a reef once and we didn't tie off on the buoy properly (I'm not sure which one of us did that part) and when we surfaced we noticed the boat about 500 yards out in OPEN OCEAN. Yeah, open ocean is probably the scariest shit because the bottom drops out so far you can't see it, and even on good visibility days you can't see shit past maybe 30 feet AROUND you. Imagine being in a big greenish blue fog... and you have to swim 500 yards or so out to your boat in that hoping that the kraken or something doesn't decide to become reality and eat you.
Well nevermind that, I found a new terror that day. A school of barracuda. In open ocean, a school of fish is like massive. Packed together, and headed our way we realized we were going to have to power through it and hope they didn't decide to have lunch. So here we are swimming along arms tight at our sides (like mine was pressed to my ribs and hands on thighs, I think I left imprint-bruises) through a sea-within-the-sea of barracuda and these monsters are basically bumping into us at high speed. Like torpedoes with teeth. And they're not small either, when I say torpedoes I'm not being grandiose. Lucky us they didn't really notice our existence (as evidenced by how many times I got smashed in the face, shoulder, torso, etc. by big teeth-ridden fish) and moved on. We finally made it to the boat, tired and scared shitless and giggling with insane fear. I don't recommend drinking and boating but we did crack a beer soon as we policed our gear and toasted our relative intact flesh and good health.
Suffice to say if I ever do go diving at a reef I ensure our boat is tied the fuck up, and double-check all knots. And am scared to death of barracuda. Sharks ain't got nothing on those bastards.

Anyway sorry for the long post but damn I had to share that when speaking of weird ass animals.

I thought it was common knowledge that most animal species got drunk/high whenever they had the opportunity.

if you have seen a lot of documentaries in your lifetime you already know that every life form/species with higher brain function likes to get shitfaced with either alcohol or drugs via toxins or posion

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/news/2011/09/drunken-parrot-season-begins-in-darwin/

Fiz_The_Toaster:
And Flipper suddenly isn't so whimsical anymore.

Damn, I was trying to find the full clip of "Night of the Dolphin" from The Simpsons Treehouse of Horror XI but they are all incomplete and very shitty quality. :(

The jist of it is...


And that aint even when they attack the town or defeat Springfield's counter attack. All of the Springfield residents were forced to live in the sea. It was a fucking awesome short, but now I wonder if it wasn't more than a little prophetic...

There more i read about dophins the more i think they are actually human teenagers abducted and experimented on by aliens then dropped back down (to explain them looking like dolphins and not human).

Since this article doesnt make any sense in this site, and everything that needed to be said about dolphins intelligence has been posted already.... I will just say that dolphins are sexy and really turn me on.

 

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