Baby Dolphin Dies After Beachgoers Passed It Around for Selfies
A baby dolphin was killed in Argentina last week after beachgoers scooped it out of the water and passed it around for selfies. The incident has sparked outrage from animal rights activists and warnings from a wildlife foundation.
The Argentine Wildlife Foundation published a statement this week, saying that the La Plata dolphin is vulnerable, and that only an estimated 30,000 individuals exist off the coast of Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil.
“The potential for recovery of this species is very low” due to the breeding habits of the females, the organization says. And when the dolphin is taken out of the water, the exposure to the environment will quickly cause dehydration and death.
“It is fundamental that people help to rescue these animals, because every Franciscana counts now.”