Tourists kill a baby dolphin with selfies

Calvin Saunders
August 17, 2017

It went on to say pictures revealed children were accidentally covering the dolphin's blowhole while touching it.

"Cetaceans are very susceptible to stress and crowding around it to take photos and to touch it causes them a big shock which greatly accelerates a cardiorespiratory failure, which is what happened". Marine conservationists raced to the scene but the dolphin was already dead when they arrived.

According to several posts on the group's Facebook page, a baby dolphin that was stranded on the beach was quickly surrounded by numerous "curious" people, including children, who wanted to touch and photograph it.

In its report, Equinac said a lifeguard 'lost his nerve when he saw hundreds of people rushing towards the animal'. "All you want to do is to photograph and poke, even if the animal suffers from stress".

A baby dolphin has died after tourists posed for selfies with it on the beach.

It said that harassing dolphins, which is a protected species, is prohibited by law in Spain and advised members of the public to call Spain's animal emergency services for such situations in future.

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Elisa Allen, Peta UK's director, said: "Another victim has been added to the growing list of "animal selfie" fatalities - this time, a baby dolphin".

They said: "Humans are the most irrational animal there is". The death of the dolphin could be considered a criminal offense in Spain since it was manhandled by people while innocently living in its own natural habitat. The group speculated that the baby dolphin might have been beached because it was sick or separated from its mother.

The group posted two photos of the incident, one of tourists touching the dolphin and another of rescuers removing the animal after she died.

A whale and dolphin conservation group, Equinac, said the incident occurred Saturday on the tourist beach of Mojacar, in the southeast of the country.

Equinac added, "We have put up a lot of publications of what is due and not to do.Ignorance has absolutely nothing to do with respect, empathy and logic". Facebook users also flooded the comments section of Equinac's post with criticism of the beachgoers' behavior.

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