You may have heard about selfie-related deaths among humans in the past year. But now, an animal has died due to our species’ obsession with the craze.
The victim? An endangered baby dolphin who was pulled out of the ocean and passed around by beachgoers for petting and photos.
The footage, captured in Argentina’s beach resort town of Santa Teresita, shows a man removing the rare La Plata dolphin from the ocean. He is quickly surrounded by onlookers who are eager to pet the animal and click selfies with it.
This continues until the dehydrated dolphin is eventually left to die in the mud.
La Plata dolphins, also known as the Franciscana, are found mostly in the waters of the Rio de La Plata and the Atlantic coast between Argentina and Uruguay. According to the TheSun, there are only 30,000 of these sea mammals left in the world.
The Wildlife Foundation of Argentina has issued a public notice about the vulnerable species and said, “There is an urgent necessity to return these dolphins to the sea as soon as possible if people find them on the shore.”
“It’s fundamental that people help rescue these animals because every Franciscan has value.”
Social media has responded furiously to the death of the dolphin.
They are animals not trophies!! https://t.co/UvMgAzyyUo— payal shah (@payalsh2) February 19, 2016
Saddest, most heartbreaking news of the day :'( | A Baby Dolphin Died Because Tourists Wanted Selfies With Her https://t.co/8YRQiENE7n— Deepa Ranganathan (@SinfullyAlive) February 18, 2016
Everyone likes photos for memories. But killing a dolphin for the sake of a selfie? Selfish and ignorant.https://t.co/jaedhywIoA— Snigdha (@snigskitchen) February 18, 2016
What a bunch of morons!!https://t.co/UxK5CftmyP— Aishwarya Munjal (@aishwaryamunjal) February 18, 2016