Report: Dolphins died of drug overdose after rave
Dolphins perform at the Connyland marine park in Switzerland.
May 7th, 2012
01:43 PM ET

Report: Dolphins died of drug overdose after rave

Two dolphins at a Swiss theme park died after ingesting a heroin substitute around the same time as a weekend rave at the park last November, according to reports from Switzerland.

A toxicology report from a forensics institute in St. Gallen, Switzerland, showed tests found traces of the heroin substitute buprenorphine in the dolphins' urine, according to a report in London's Daily Mail online, citing Swiss media reports.

The dolphins died within five days of each other in November, after the area near their pool in the Connyland marine park had been rented out for a weekend rave, according to the reports.

Cornelis van Elk, a Dutch marine biologist, said the drugs turn off a part of the dolphins' brains which tells them when to surface for air.

Connyland keeper Nadja Gasser told local media how one of the dolphins, named Chelmers, died, according to the Daily Mail.

"He was drifting under the water and was clearly in trouble and so we jumped into the water.

"We tried to hold him. He was shaking all over and was foaming at the mouth.

"Eventually we got him out of the water. His tongue was hanging out. He could hardly breathe.

"He was given adrenalin, but it didn't help.

"After an hour the dolphin died."

In a report in the Daily Mail shortly after the rave, wildlife experts said noise from the event could have stressed the animals' immune systems and led to the death of the first dolphin, Shadow.

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  1. William

    Execute the punks that did this. F@#@#&*@ these idiots!

    May 7, 2012 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • the_dbs

      Ya, but don't execute the morons for keeping the dolphins in captive in the first place?

      May 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobo

    people who think other people should be killed for killing a dolphin, intentionally or not, should be gassed.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • convoluted

      when the care of a creature is place in someone's hands other than nature....there should be a standard of accountability toward these creatures....having a Rave where people are know to do drugs..is irresponsible and these people will be held accountable...why do you feel that one life isn't worth the other? you want to gas the person with the comment of wanting those accountable killed you have now just become that person....bobo!

      May 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • PS

      @bobo
      People who think that dolphins have no value should be gassed IMMEDIATELY!

      May 7, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      People who think other people who think other people should be killed for killing a dolphin, intentionally or not, should be force fed buprenorphine and thrown into a dolphin tank.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • wes

      Then gas me, jerk. I like dolphins a hell of a lot more than the pathetic life forms called humans who only think other humans have value. Humanity sucks the big one...

      May 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • budgie girl

      people who think other people should be killed for having an opinion contrary to theirs, should be...

      May 7, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      @Wes....Then go live with the dolphins you freckin idiot!!!! Get the hell out of here!!!! Jackazzzzz!!!!!

      May 8, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. john

    should be pretty easy to narrow down. how many people at a rave are trying to quit doing drugs? check the guest list and find out who was receiving treatment for opiate addiction.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • drp

      Guest list? You've never been to one of these things, have you?

      May 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • cpc65

      Don't know about Switzerland, but many some Euro nations tried legalizing drugs thinking it would solve their problems and save them money (and it turned into a disaster every time) that list may be longer than you think.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      apperently not. just assuming it being held as something like a zoo may have been an invitation only event.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • M.E.

      Lol, you really think everybody who goes to a rave has their name on some sort of list? It's a ticketed event just like any other concert usually for most event-goers.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • ThatDCGuy

      And how many were not in a treatment program and doing drugs?

      Thanks for playing!

      May 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  4. drp

    I agree with William and disagree with bobo. Bobo sounds like the type of person who would give a dolphin drugs just for fun.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Cecil420

    Guest list hu? that funny... poor dolphins it sux but what can yea do now?

    May 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. @ bobo

    People tho defend dolphin killers for sport (using drugs), should be gassed. I suggest they (at the very least), sue the renters of the park for their "party" for liability...then, going forward not allow anyone to rent space for "parties."

    May 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  7. CMM

    "the_dbs

    Ya, but don't execute the morons for keeping the dolphins in captive in the first place?"

    Somebody should feed you into a jet engine.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Aubrie

    what type of irresponsible park managers would allow a RAVE in the park to begin with.... the loud music alone was an assault to the dolphins.... RAVE = Drugs..... Drugs = stupid behavior..... I'm stunned they were stupid enought to allow even stupider people in there.... Poor creatures... They didn't deserve to have them.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Annie

      100% agreed. Stupid park managers.

      May 7, 2012 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Annie

    What a terrible story.
    animals never have any say in the stupidity that humans do to them. Ruin your own lives if you must. Keep the animals out of it!!

    May 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Runes77

    What a shame. They are sentient beings, and don't deserve that kind of treatment.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Wait

    Wait.... Legalizing drugs has caused less problems in the nations that have done so. Look up facts before spewing opinions. I do agree having a rave near dolphins that have been imprisoned was a stupid idea.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  12. Måd

    Damn. I was going to make a joke about Jones from Johnny Mnemonic but this is just too sad. Poor beasts.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  13. laminaelizabeth

    Blah.. I don't belive any of this crappy report.. such a riculous imagination and the stupid people who belives it..

    May 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. BobbaFett

    @PS you're a disgusting pile of lecherous excrement.

    May 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Mathew McGrath

    So I wasn't just imagining that I saw dolphins the other night at this rave......

    May 7, 2012 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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