Penultimate day of the Janus Project and a bizarre story of dolphins getting high on puffer fish. I think the puffer fish is the one used in Japanese cooking; it requires very careful preparation and I believe that you have to have some sort of certification to serve it. The knives used in its preparation can not be used for anything else, such is the strength of the toxin. I wonder how dolphins discovered the narcotic effects of the puffer fish without themselves being killed in the process!
Daze of the Dolphin
|Don’t Bogart that joint,
my fish-eating friend.
Anoint my lips,
pass it over to me.
Give me an end,
I depend on a hit
from that toxic shit
of piscine hallucinogen.
Who could imagine
The carefully pressured
|30th December 2013 – headline from the Independent
Notes: “Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around.” Dolphins are thought of as one of the most intelligent species in the animal kingdom – and experts believe they have put their ingenuity to use in the pursuit of getting “high”. In extraordinary scenes filmed for a new documentary, young dolphins were seen carefully manipulating a certain kind of puffer fish which, if provoked, releases a nerve toxin. Though large doses of the toxin can be deadly, in small amounts it is known to produce a narcotic effect, and the dolphins appeared to have worked out how to make the fish release just the right amount. Carefully chewing on the puffer and passing it between one another, the marine mammals then enter what seems to be a trance-like state.
- Dolphins like to get high by sucking on puffer fish (io9.com)
- Dolphins ‘deliberately getting high on puffer fish toxins’ (metro.co.uk)
- Puff, Puff, Pass: Teen Dolphins Are Caught Getting High On Puffer Fish (sunnyskyz.com)
- Dolphins ‘deliberately get high’ on puffer fish nerve toxins by carefully chewing and passing them around – Nature – Environment – The Independent (theblogspaper.wordpress.com)
- Apparently Dolphins Like To Get High Off Puffer Fish Toxins (buzzfeed.com)