PSA: Please stop taking photos with dolphins and other wild animals.
Yet another baby dolphin has died because people wouldn't stop attempting to take selfies with them.
Back in February of last year, beachgoers in Argentina rushed to take a photo with a baby dolphin that some dude carelessly pulled out of the water.
The man pulled the dolphin out of the ocean and brought it to shore where beachgoers snapped endless selfies with the animal before it died.
The Franciscan dolphin was already considered to be "vulnerable" due to the fact there are said to be only 30,000 left in the entire world.
In a past statement regarding the incident, the Argentine Wildlife Foundation said,
The potential for recovery of this species is very low. The Franciscan, like other dolphins, can not long remain above water. It has a very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather will quickly cause dehydration and death.
Nearly a year later, another baby dolphin died after a similar selfie-driven incident took place in Argentina (again).
According to La Capital, tourists in San Bernardo, Argentina yanked a baby dolphin out of the water shortly before it died due to the careless stunt.
A video uploaded to YouTube shows beachgoers crowding around the dolphin near the shore.
In an interview with a local news channel, a witness revealed,
They let him die. He was young and came to the shore. They could have returned him to the water — in fact, he was breathing. But everyone started taking photos and touching him. They said he was already dead.
Excuse me while I hate humanity.
Here the disturbing footage of beachgoers in Argentina crowding around a baby dolphin who later died after their selfie session.
This is completely unacceptable. To selfishly shorten the lifespan of an endangered species all because you want to garner a few likes on Instagram is cruel and counterproductive toward making the world a better place.
In a past article regarding how social media plays a role in the lives of wild animals, National Geographic wrote,
Social media has changed the landscape, making exotic animals seem adorable and acceptable, but what you don't see is the suffering that lies behind the images.
I get it.
Selfies are fun and your smartphone makes it easy to capture those special, rare moments you'll cherish for life. But there is no excuse for disregarding the pain and suffering of innocent animals for your enjoyment.