Emmy award-winning filmmaker John Downer was filming the upcoming two-part miniseries ”Dolphins: Spy in the Pod” when he noticed that bottle-nose dolphins would gently chew on a pufferfish and then pass it to another dolphin in the pod. He noticed that after chewing on the pufferfish, the dolphins would look very tranquil and dazed. Then it hit him: these dolphins were getting high on the nerve toxin released by the pufferfish.
If his prior knowledge of pufferfish toxin wasn’t an indication of what these dolphins were doing, their subsequent behavior was a dead giveaway. They spent a great deal of time observing their own reflection on the water’s surface and acting very strange in general.
NEVER IN MY LIFE HAVE I WANTED SOMETHING SO BAD AS TO BE A DOLPHIN, HIGH ON A NEUROTOXIN & LOOKING AT MY REFLECTION ON THE OCEAN SURFACE.