STUDY: Dolphins like to get high

Young dolphins may be party animals.

Young porpoises might be passing around the blowfish. Researchers at Australia's Murdoch University observed the dolphin delinquents chewing on a blowfish for hours and then passing it to their buddies. Similar behavior has been seen in other dolphins over the years.

The blowfish contains a poison called tetrodoxin that's lethal to humans but can alter a dolphin's mood. Researchers haven't reached a consensus if the blowfish actually get the dolphins high or just comfortably numb.

The nautical creatures aren’t the only ones to go for a buzz in nature. Elephants eat fermented fruit to get drunk, Siberian reindeer munch on hallucinogenic mushrooms and wallabies like to get high off poppies. Source: New York Post


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