Baby dolphin dies because tourists posed with it for selfies

Aug 18, 2017

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Baby dolphin dies because tourists posed with it for selfies

Aug 18, 2017

Dunja Djudjic

Dunja Djudjic is a multi-talented artist based in Novi Sad, Serbia. With 15 years of experience as a photographer, she specializes in capturing the beauty of nature, travel, and fine art. In addition to her photography, Dunja also expresses her creativity through writing, embroidery, and jewelry making.

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How far people would go for a selfie probably shouldn’t surprise me anymore. However, they seem to constantly push the boundaries. Earlier this month, a baby dolphin was stranded on a busy beach in Spain. Curious tourists passed the poor animal around to take photos with it, instead of contacting the authorities. Eventually, the dolphin died, due to a high level of stress.

A marine wildlife rescue group Equinac shared the news, and strongly criticized the people for their acts. The baby dolphin was separated from its mother. As Equinac reports, it was “frightened and weak.” the The people and children at the beach were curious about the animal, so they pet it and tossed it around to take photos with it. According to Equinac, this made the dolphin suffer from huge stress. As they report, a child even covered the dolphin’s blowhole while petting it, as you can see in the photo.

One of the beach visitors eventually called the emergency number. Equinac rescuers arrived 15 minutes later, but there was nothing they could do anymre. By the time they got there, the tiny mammal was already dead. The cause was the cardiorespiratory failure, caused by high level of stress. The rescuers were only able to retrieve the body and they are going to conduct an autopsy. In their Facebook post, they stressed that dolphins are a protected species, and it’s a criminal offense to disturb them.

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I understand the curiosity, I really do. Especially with kids who love animals. I can hardly imagine anything cuter and more interesting than a baby dolphin. But I can’t understand the self-centeredness of grown up people who’d rather pass the weak baby animal around to take a photo, instead of acting responsibly and contacting the service that could help the dolphin survive. When have selfies and social media likes become more important than someone’s wellbeing? In this case – selfies were even more important than the animal’s life.

[via Independent; image credits: Equinac]

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11 responses to “Baby dolphin dies because tourists posed with it for selfies”

  1. Viggo Næss Avatar
    Viggo Næss

    Do these people eat something that chemically lobotomize them? Because if you hit yourself hard enough to become this stupid, it would kill you…

  2. Vilim J. Peterman Hlušička Avatar
    Vilim J. Peterman Hlušička

    Neither will nuclear war or some huge comet kill us. No. Selfies will kill us.

  3. Roxer Roxercita Avatar
    Roxer Roxercita

    I’m ashamed of this people, we live in the same portion of land called Spain and we’re so away in these kind of things… It’s disturbing

  4. Alexandre Bettencourt Avatar
    Alexandre Bettencourt

    Stuff like this really gets on my nerves. it’s a complete lack of respect for wildlife. I’m saddedened that authorities weren’t on site promptly enough to avoid this situation, or at least remedy it somewhat. It’s a real shame.

  5. Bill Mason Avatar
    Bill Mason

    Jerks

  6. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    The egos of these total jerks who have to have themselves in every picture of everything regardless of the cost to anyone or anything else is mind boggling. Sure. Take a picture of what you see. Don’t chase it, don’t touch it, don’t pester it in any way. LEAVE IT ALONE you selfish ASSHOLES!

  7. Kacie Anne de Wit Avatar
    Kacie Anne de Wit

    I wouldn’t censor out their faces, they should be known for what they did.

  8. Inno Jimmy Ciorra Avatar
    Inno Jimmy Ciorra

    Wtf is wrong with people .

  9. Bogdan Dobre Avatar
    Bogdan Dobre

    Bad b8 m8

  10. Madara Avatar
    Madara

    Fucking tourists.

  11. Karen Padilla Avatar
    Karen Padilla

    You should have shown the kid’s face and then the parent’s friends and family would know how dumb they are.