How mobile technology coupled with a lot of people-stupid killed a baby dolphin

According to the Washington Post, some people on a beach in Argentina decided to snatch a baby dolphin out of the water and snap selfies with the animal, which is an endangered species. I don’t know what gets into people’s minds that they need to do things like this.

The Washington post story says that the incident happened in Santa Teresita, Argentina. Beach goers saw a baby La Plata dolphin and quickly snatched it up to take photos and videos of the animal until it died and they left it in the mud.

The miniature dolphin, no more than a few feet long, is eventually left to die in the mud, where it can be seen lying motionless.

At no point in the footage (which has been removed) does it appear that anyone in the crowd intervened or attempted to return the animal to the water.

“The potential for recovery of this species is very low,” the AWF said. “The Franciscan, like other dolphins, can not long remain above water. It has a very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather will quickly cause dehydration and death.”

NOAA describes La Plata dolphins as “extremely shy and evasive by nature” and notes that what little is known about them is “surrounded by superstition.”

What the hell people?


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