Yes, you read that title right! In Buenos Aires, Argentina, a small dolphin has died in the resort of Santa Teresita after beachgoers removed it from the water to pet it and pose for photographs with it.
The images below are quite horrible scenes showing the people swarming the dolphin so that they could take selfies with it, rather than thinking of it’s health and placing it back in the water where it could actually breathe.
It’s believed the Dolphin was a Franciscana (Plata Dolphin) that was around 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) in length. This Dolphin was not even a fully grown adult and it had been taken out of the sea, likely away from its family so that these human beings could take pictures with it.
This species of Dolphin are often found in Atlantic waters to the east of South America and is one of the world’s smallest Dolphins. What makes this worse is that it is also one of the world’s rarest dolphins making it a very rare catch.
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Unfortunately, in an online statement from Vida Silvestre Foundation, the dolphin was confirmed dead by the time these beach goers were finished taking selfies with it and it was left on the beach to die. Its death was most likely caused by dehydration due to having been out of the water for so long. Dolphins have a thick layer of greasy skin and fat that is designed to insulate them in cooler waters. However, due to the location of the finding, in Argentina, the hot weather and hot sand would have quickly overheated the dolphin and unfortunately, dehydrated it.
This is a real story of when human beings are just too selfish and don’t consider what they may be doing to the poor animal that they are so desperate to get this selfie with. Animals are not to be taken out of their natural environments, especially a fish out of water. They can dehydrate and die!