Thursday 18 February 2016

Baby dolphin dies after being paraded on beach for photographs

Wildlife group warns holidaymakers that the vulnerable mammals should be returned to sea if they get too close to shore after animal dies at Argentine resort

The dolphin died of suspected dehydration after being paraded around  Photo: Hernan Coria/CEN

1:05AM GMT 18 Feb 2016

This is the moment when a baby dolphin was carried on to an Argentine beach for selfies, condemning it to death in the hot sun.
The dolphine was stroked by a crowd of sunbathers who then abandoned it on the beach
Hernan Coria 
Hernan Coria captured the incident in photographs as the crowd at the beach resort of Santa Teresita paraded the La Plata dolphin - also known as the Franciscana dolphin - around like a trophy.

The episode has caused the Wildlife Foundation in Argentina to publish a reminder about the vulnerable species, which is only present off the coast of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

"Recently photographs taken in Santa Teresita showing a group of people passing a dolphin around on dry land on two occasions have emerged. At least one of these animals has died.

"This incident should help the public understand the urgent need to return these dolphins to the sea when they get close to the shore."

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