Dolphin dies after beachgoers pass it around out of water for photos

Feb 19, 2016

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Dolphin dies after beachgoers pass it around out of water for photos

Feb 19, 2016

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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Sky News reports that a small dolphin has been killed after a group of people took it out of the water and posed with it.

According to the report, two young dolphins were taken from the sea near a resort in Santa Teresita, Argentina and passed around so that beachgoers could take images with the aquatic mammal.

While being passed around, one of the La Plata dolphins appear to have overheated and died. Those responsible for its death simply left the animal in the sand to either rot away or be discarded by someone else.

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As it stands, the La Plata dolphin, also referred to as the Franciscana dolphin, is considered ‘Vulnerable,’ with only 30,000 believed to be in existence.

In response to the news and images shared across social media, the Argentine Wildlife Foundation shared the following statement:

The Franciscan, like other species, cannot remain for much time out of the water. It has thick fatty skin which provides warmth, so the hot weather will cause rapid dehydration and death. At least one of the animals [from the photos taken in Santa Teresita] died. The incident prompts us to inform the public about the urgent need to return these dolphins to the sea if one is found on the shore. It is vital to help rescue these animals, because every Franciscan counts.

Twitter users also fired back at those responsible for the death of the dolphin:

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Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett

Gannon Burgett is a communications professional with over a decade of experience in content strategy, editing, marketing, multimedia content creation. He’s photographed and written content seen across hundreds of millions of pageviews. In addition to his communications work for various entities and publications, Gannon also runs his multimedia marketing agency, Ekleptik Media, where he brings his expertise as a full-stack creator to help develop and execute data-driven content strategies. His writing, photos, and videos have appeared in USA Today, Car and Driver, Road & Track, Autoweek, Popular Mechanics, TechCrunch, Gizmodo, Digital Trends, DPReview, PetaPixel, Imaging Resource, Lifewire, Yahoo News, Detroit Free Press, Lansing State Journal, and more.

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