This Endangered Baby Dolphin Died Because Assh*les Wanted To Take Selfies With It
Well, it's official: People are the worst.
A baby dolphin was killed last week in Argentina after beachgoers ripped the animal out of the ocean; all so they could snap a few selfies with it.
To make matters worse, the dolphin was a Franciscan dolphin, an animal considered "vulnerable" with fewer than 30,000 remaining in the wild.
In a highly disturbing video, a man is seen scooping the animal up out of the water and allowing crowds to gather around. The video ends with the animal lying motionless in the mud. Several people even continued to take photos of the animal as it lay gasping for air just feet from the ocean.
In a statement, the Argentine Wildlife Foundation said in part,
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.
The statement adds,
This incident should serve to remind people about he need to return these dolphins to the sea if one is found outside of the water. It's fundamental that people help rescue these animals because every Franciscan has value.
Without these people viciously murdering this animal for their own pleasure, it could have lived for up to 20 years, according to NOAA.