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Reckless dolphin teens found to be deliberately getting high by chewing pufferfish

They’re just looking for a porpoise in life.

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DOLPHINS, FRANKLY, ARE mad for it. The marine mammals (and Bonobos) are the only animals other than humans who engage in sex for pleasure, and now they’re hitting drugs.

Scenes filmed for BBC documentary Dolphins: Spy in the Pod have revealed that young dolphins are out of control, chewing on puffer fish to get high then passing that puffy to the left hand side so their mates can have a bit.

Little pups.

The documentary, filmed by award-winning producer John Downer, set up a spy camera on a fake turtle to watch the dolphins in their natural habitat and will air on BBC1 Thursday at 8pm. Footage shows the dolphins sharing the pufferfish, which release toxins when nervous that can give the dolphins a high in lose doses.

Zoologist Rob Pilly told the Sunday Times that after chewing on the puffer, they start acting strange and hang around with their noses at the surface “as if fascinated by their own reflection”.

They probably get a massive appetite for herring and listen to a lot of Bob Marley as well.

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