Wednesday 24 February 2016

Dolphin was 'already dead' when crowd in Argentina handled it – tourist

Hernan Coria says endangered dolphin was one of many which had washed up dead on Santa Teresita beach before crowd started taking selfies with it

Australian Associated Press
Friday 19 February 2016 07.13 GMT

One of the tourists who handed around a dolphin on an Argentinian beach claims it had died before people started taking selfies with it.

Footage appeared to show the small dolphin being scooped up and taken to land where it was surrounded by a gawking crowd. Reports said it quickly overheated and died when it was paraded along the beach so holidaymakers could take photos.

During the video shot at Santa Teresita beach, south of Buenos Aires, people can be heard saying “Take it to the water” and “Poor thing, don’t touch it.”

But a tourist, Hernan Coria, said the dolphin was one of many which had washed up dead on the beach.

“The water was very hot,” he told local news outlet Telefe Noticias. “It was full of jellyfish and people were not going in the water.

“Everything happened in five minutes. It was washed up already dead. They took it back to the water but it wouldn’t go back out.”

Coria said there was no lifeguard on duty to help and dead dolphins were also washing up on nearby beaches.

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