Adventurous eaters may get a rush out of flirting with death by eating a piece of puffer fish, but dolphins may experience something completely different.
Filmmakers at John Downer Productions recorded the dolphins snacking on the puffer fish for the documentary “Dolphins: Spy in the Pod.” After eating the puffer fish, the dolphins seemed to enter a trance-like state.
“[They were] hanging around with their noses at the surface as if fascinated by their own reflection,” John Downer, executive producer of the documentary, told International Business Times. “It reminded us of that craze a few years ago when people started licking toads to get a buzz.”
Downing and his crew disguised the cameras to look like animals the dolphins would normally run into. But the fake animal cameras weren’t meant to fool the dolphins into thinking they were real but rather to provoke their curiosity. “These novel devices tweaked the curiosity of the dolphin pods, encouraging the dolphins to let them into their lives, allowing them to capture behavior that has never been seen before,” according to the production company’s website.