Dumb Tourists Left a Dolphin to Die After Pulling It Out of the Water for Selfies
Lifestyle| | By Margo Gothelf
A dumb group of tourists in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed a baby dolphin last week after they decided to pull it from the water and take selfies with it.
The tourists pulled the tiny animal from the water and paraded it around like a toy. After the tourists were done with their photo-op, they threw the dolphin back in the sand basically leaving it to die.
The tiny dolphin, called a Franciscan, is a rare sea creature. Only about 30,000 of them still exist in the wild. The dolphin is exclusively endemic to the waters of southeastern South America.
Before the incident was reported to the police, many tourists took pictures of the unusual event. The Argentine Wildlife Foundation reported “the dolphin would have only been able to last for minutes in the sweltering weather above the water before dying of dehydration.”
A spokesperson from PETA also spoke out about the unfortunate situation.
“In their efforts to get a novelty ‘selfie,’ these holidaymakers showed a naïve – and ultimately fatal – disregard for life by hauling this baby dolphin out of the sea, where he or she belonged,” the spokesperson said in a statement to Metro. “One can only imagine the trauma suffered not only by this baby, who was passed around like a toy by marauding tourists, but also his or her grieving mother.”