Baby Dolphin Dies After Being Passed Around For Selfies With Tourists

A baby dolphin has died after getting stranded on a beach in Spain
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The intense attention the baby dolphin received on the beach could have caused a "strong shock" for it that may have aggravated an already unsafe situation, Equinac said.

The infant sea mammal, reportedly female and still of breastfeeding age, became stranded in the waters off the coast of southern Spain in Almeria after losing its mother, according to the Daily Mail.

Posting on their Facebook page, the group said: 'In their selfishness, all they want is to photograph and touch a living being that is without its mother and terrified'.

Meanwhile, the animal rescue group has harsh words for the people who passed around the animal and took selfies with it. The organization reportedly became aware of the dolphin's death through a 112 call (the equivalent of 911 in the United States).

Experts from Equinac arrived on the scene after 15 minutes, but it was already too late.

Equinac said that cetaceans are very susceptible to stress, which is exacerbated by close contact with humans.

In the last two years, three dolphins have died under the very same circumstances, Conde Nast Traveler reported.

In one picture, a small child can be seen covering the animal's blowhole - the dolphin equivalent of its nose - effectively suffocating the poor beast.




Animal lovers across the whole world have naturally taken to social media to express their anger, writing, "The animal was submitted to the curiosity of those who wanted to photograph and touch it".

The group went on to say that the bathers' first point of call should have been to emergency services, adding that, "Maybe we would not have been able to save it, but we would have tried".

"Crowding round to touch them [dolphins] and take photos provokes shock and greatly accelerates cardio-respiratory failure".

The non-profit organization criticized those who swarmed the dolphin in one of their Facebook updates.

Other beachgoers stroked the animal or held it by its head and tail.

"It became stranded because it was sick or because it lost its mother, without whom it can not survive".

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".

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