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Tourists Grab Baby Dolphin From Water, Pass It Around For Selfies And Leave It On The Shore To Die

Tourists Grab Baby Dolphin From Water, Pass It Around For Selfies And Leave It On The Shore To Die

Humans have been insensitive to nature and its species. A recent event in Argentina proved the careless attitude of humans to an animal that is at the verge of extinction.

The destruction caused by humans to the environment has gone way past the limits. The brutal killing of animals and the continuous deforestation has led to the imbalance in nature and its phenomena. In spite of being the victims of nature's wrath, we still continue to exploit nature's wealth for selfish human benefits. A recent event that occurred in Argentina will open to your eyes to the cruelty of humans beings who have not learned lessons from the huge environmental crisis faced by the planet today.

According to the Metro, tourists in Argentia pulled a baby dolphin that belonged to an endangered species out of the ocean to take selfies. The dolphin, of the Franciscan species, was later left to die at the San Bernardo beach, about 200 miles south of Buenos Aires. The Wildlife Foundation of Argentina reported that the baby dolphin was passed around like a trophy among the tourists and was later left to die in the sand.



 

Some of the people were so heartless that in spite of killing the poor dolphin, they weren't ashamed to take a selfie with the lifeless dolphin. Being one of the smallest dolphins in the world, it measures between 1.30 and 1.70 m long. According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, the dolphins that belong to the Franciscan species are under the threat of extinction with just 30,000 remaining in  Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.

"The Franciscan, like other dolphins, cannot remain above water for long,’ they wrote on their website. ‘It has a very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather quickly causes dehydration and death," said The Fundacion Vida Silvestre, an Argentinian conservation organization.



 

The Foundation also reported that images of people holding Franciscans out of the water were seen twice in Santa Teresita. They also added that at least one of them would have been mercilessly killed. The organization came forward to use this occasion to warn people of the need to return these extinct animals to the shore and asked people to rescue these animals as the life of every Franciscan counts.

The photos shared by Hernan Coria on Facebook brought to light the careless, insensitive behavior of tourists at the beach. Based on the reports from witnesses, the dolphin could have been saved but the tourists didn't bother to return the creature back into the waters. Instead, they went on touching, patting and taking pictures while the creature was dying. 

“They let him die. He was young and came to the shore. They could have returned him to the water—in fact, he was breathing. But everyone started taking photos and touching him. They said he was already dead," quoted National Geographic from a witness who spoke to C5N, a TV news channel.



 

The animal welfare association, PETA also came forward to condemn the actions of the tourists.

"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. 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," said a spokesperson for the organization.

According to National Geographic, the problems of tourists harming animals of Instagram-worthy images are not new phenomena. Making videos and posting photographs of these animals have put their lives in danger with the risk of more people trying to get close to them.