Unbelievable video shows dolphins getting HIGH off underwater 'drug'

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A video emerged online showing dolphins appearing in a game of puff, puff, splash.

Footage of the dolphins captured by researchers showed a group of the underwater animals passing around a puffer fish to one another with their fins.

If provoked, this certain kind of puffer fish, emits a nerve toxin called tetrodotoxin. The toxin is found in their skin and is lethal to humans.

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However, dolphins are able to not only withstand small doses of the toxin, but they can also experience a narcotic effect that they can deliberately manipulate for recreational drug use.

And judging from the clip above, these dolphins were well aware.

During these sessions, dolphins will typically leave the puffer fish alive to ensure that toxins last longer.

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Murdoch University researcher Krista Nicholson monitors the activity of dolphin living nearby in Australia's coastal waters.

She says that she has seen similar behavior of dolphins "getting high" closer to her proximity, but that there are many more examples across the globe.

Researcher Krista Nicholson from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia, monitors dolphins living in nearby coastal waters.

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BBC's documentary, "Dolphins – Spy in the Pod," captured dolphins engaging in the strange activity in 2014.

It was the first time such apparent recreational drug use had been documented in dolphins

"They were hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection," executive producer John Downer said at the time.

However, some dispute the theory that dolphins use pufferfish to get high, claiming that the ocean dwellers only manipulate the toxin to get a numbing sensation instead.

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LA SPEZIA, ITALY - DATE UNSPECIFIED: Collect picture of Marine Mammal System dolphin marking a practice mine tethered in the water column, for relocation and investigation by human divers. Gliding through the water to locate mines, handcuff terrorists and take part in surveillance these amazing animals are the real Navy Seals. Incredible pictures capture one of the latest military demonstrations showing how sea lions and other marine mammals are being trained and used in modern warfare - juts like combat dogs on land. Super-skilled Gremlin, a Californian sea lion, showcased his incredible abilities at a US Navy demonstration watched by officials at the NATO underwater research centre in the bay at La Spezia, Italy, on October 23. Handlers from the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfae Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), based in San Diego, CA., showed onlookers what the underwater animal expert can do. The mammals are chosen because of their natural tolerance to cold, low light underwater vision, and ability to dive deep without getting the bends. (Photo by United States Navy / Barcroft Media / Getty Images)
LA SPEZIA, ITALY - DATE UNSPECIFIED: Collect picture of a Marine Mammal System dolphin marking a practice mine tethered in the water column, for relocation and investigation by human divers. Gliding through the water to locate mines, handcuff terrorists and take part in surveillance these amazing animals are the real Navy Seals. Incredible pictures capture one of the latest military demonstrations showing how sea lions and other marine mammals are being trained and used in modern warfare - juts like combat dogs on land. Super-skilled Gremlin, a Californian sea lion, showcased his incredible abilities at a US Navy demonstration watched by officials at the NATO underwater research centre in the bay at La Spezia, Italy, on October 23. Handlers from the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfae Systems Center Pacific (SSC Pacific), based in San Diego, CA., showed onlookers what the underwater animal expert can do. The mammals are chosen because of their natural tolerance to cold, low light underwater vision, and ability to dive deep without getting the bends. (Photo by United States Navy/Barcroft Media/Getty Images)
A US Navy trained dolphin named Ten, seen above, discovered a 1800's era torpedo in San Diego Bay. (Photo by Don Bartletti/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)
GULFPORT, MI - SEPTEMBER 17: In this handout photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Ens. Michael Dobling (L) and Master-at-Arms 3rd Class Philip Myers greet one of four Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins displaced when hurricane Katrina destroyed their home at the 'Marine Life Oceanarium' September 17, 2005 in Gulfport, Mississippi. The aboveground pool, along with other necessary filtration equipment needed to care for sea mammals, was provided by U.S. Navy Marine Mammal Program personnel from San Diego, California. Kelly has spent the last two and a half weeks in the Gulf of Mexico with seven other dolphins, swept out to sea by a wave reported to be forty feet high during Hurricane Katrina. Because these dolphins are from a captive facility, they do not forage for food or necessarily have the survival skills needed to avoid predators or boat traffic. Since they were spotted off the gulf coast on September 10, Marine Life Aquarium trainers and National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Fisheries Service biologists have been feeding the dolphins several times a day. (Photo by Chris Gethings/U.S. Navy via Getty Images)
AT SEA: In this handout photo from the U.S. Navy, Sergeant Andrew Garrett watches K-Dog, a bottlenose dolphin attached to Commander Task Unit 55.4.3, leap out of the water while training near the USS Gunston Hall March 18, 2003 in the Persian Gulf. Commander Task Unit 55.4.3 is a multinational team from the U.S., Great Britain and Australia conducting deep and shallow water mine clearing operations to clear shipping lanes for humanitarian relief and are currently conducting missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo by U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
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