A young female, baby dolphin became stranded in a beach in Mojacar, Spain on Friday, and rude beachgoers are being blamed for the animal’s death after touching it and taking photos of the vulnerable marine mammal.
According to Equinac, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving marine animals, “hundreds” of tourist at the beach surrounded the baby dolphin, who somehow became separated from her mother. Children were allowed to touch the animal, and several kids were seen covering the mammal’s blowhole keeping it from breathing. Messages on the group’s Facebook were disturbing and truly heartbreaking.
Unfortunately it was too late for the baby dolphin by the time someone called Equinac; she died before the group could render emergency help.
“Humans are the most irrational animal there is,” the group posted. “In their selfishness, all they wanted to do was to photograph it and touch it – even knowing the dolphin was suffering from stress as the crowd gathered around and showed little compassion.”
The Facebook posts indicated the beachgoers were not responsible for the baby having been beached. Why the little one was not with her mother could have have been because she was already sick and had been abandoned. The circumstances, however of the dolphin having been beached, doesn’t rationalize anyone interfering with a stranded marine animal. People are urged to avoid touching and immediately call for help.
“… by then the animal was already dead, the main photograph shows a member of Equinac (green bathing suit) taking out the dolphin corpse of the water. Clearly, the public awareness and educational campaigns conducted until now have not been effective enough. The ‘selfie frenzy’ seems to prevail over any common sense.”
Earlier this year, a tourist in Brazil was heavily fined after she grabbed an endangered shark out of the ocean so she could take selfies. The woman was videoed wrestling with the small shark that latched onto her hand during the struggle at Brazil’s Fernarndo de Noronha, an archipelago of 21 islands and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean offshore of the Brazilian coast. The woman and her boyfriend spotted the lemon shark swimming near the beach line and decided to pluck it out of the water and use it to take selfies for their Facebook page. Check out the video and read more of that story here.
Humans are still so mean.
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