Baby Dolphin Dies on Beach in Argentina While Tourists Click Selfies

Baby Dolphin Dies on Beach in Argentina While Tourists Click Selfies

In another incident of cruelty on dolphins, tourists on a beach in Argentina continued clicking selfies with a baby dolphin that came too close to beach and died. At a beach in San Bernardo, about 200 miles south of Buenos Aires, tourists click photos with baby dolphin which eventually died as it stayed out of water for too long. A report published in local newspaper La Capital informed that instead of returning young dolphin to water, tourists clicked selfies with dolphin.

While some people interviewed by La Capital said that tourists didn't allow the dolphin to go back in water, some people claimed that dolphin was already dead when it was spotted.

However, a video shared by La Capital on social media shows that the dolphin was alive and tourists were touching and petting it.

Last year in Argentina, an endangered La Plata dolphin was killed while tourists clicked images. The incident was condemned by international press and animal welfare organizations.

“Social media has changed the landscape, making exotic animals seem adorable and acceptable, but what you don’t see is the suffering that lies behind the images,” National Geographic report added.

“This is a tragic and senseless death and sadly shows some people’s focus on obtaining an animal selfie rather than thinking of the animal’s welfare,” said World Animal Protection condemning the act.

Instead of watching or recording the event, people who were concerned about dolphin, could have urged people to leave it in the waters.

Elizabeth Hogan, the group’s U.S. Oceans & Wildlife Campaign Manager said, “Prolonged exposure will present two immediate physiological problems ― the heat, and its own body weight, which is supported by buoyancy in the ocean but is not supported when beached on land. To lie on land puts tremendous pressure on their fins and lungs, making it incredibly difficult for the dolphin to breathe.”

The trend to click selfies and share them on social media has increased in the recent years. With an aim to get more likes on their images, people at times put wildlife in danger.

The incident happened on January 24, 2017.

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