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Dolphins Get High on Puffer Fish

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Interesting Facts in Easy English

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • get high: to experience a mood change from a drug or other substance
  • toxin: a poisonous substance
  • trance: a relaxed state in which you are not fully aware
  • sceptic: a person who has doubts about something
  • ferment: convert into alcohol
  • immune: protected from the effects of an illness or substance


Dolphins Get High on Puffer Fish

In a 2015 documentary on dolphin behaviour, a filmmaker claimed that dolphins get high on puffer fish. Puffer fish release a nerve toxin that can be deadly to humans. In the film footage, the dolphins don’t eat the fish. They the fish around like a ball, and take turns with it. Afterwards, the dolphins appear to be in a trance-like state. The filmmaker suggests that dolphins use puffer fish to enjoy a natural high, just as other animals enjoy fermented sugarcane, , or berries. Some sceptics say there is no scientific proof that puffer fish give dolphins . One researcher says that the dolphins would have to eat the puffer fish to feel the effects of the toxins. Another says dolphins may be immune to the toxins, like some sharks. of whether or not dolphins are affected by the toxins, they certainly have fun playing with objects, including ball-shaped fish.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Why is it dangerous for humans to eat puffer fish?
  2. According to the documentary, what happens after dolphins play with puffer fish?
  3. Why does the report mention berries?

Discussion Questions: When you watch documentaries, are you sceptical, or do you believe everything you see?

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