Seriously folks, we need a global public education campaign–and fast. Yet another baby dolphin has been killed in the name of selfies and internet celebrity status. As NG says, “It’s becoming more common to hear stories of wild animals harmed by people (or people harmed by wild animals) seeking photos for social media.”
Seriously, stop taking photos with wild animals.
It happened again: a baby dolphin in Argentina has been killed after being mobbed by tourists looking for the perfect selfie.
According to La Capital, a newspaper in Argentina, on Sunday tourists dragged the dolphin from the ocean in San Bernardo, about 200 miles south of Buenos Aires. A blurry YouTube video shows a crowd of people standing and kneeling around the small creature, touching and petting it.
“They let him die,” one observer quoted in La Capital told C5N, a TV news channel.
“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.”
This is the second time in a year that a young dolphin in Argentina has died at the hands of selfie-seeking tourists. Last February an endangered La Plata dolphin was killed on a beach in the resort town of Santa Teresita. It was passed around until it died of dehydration.
The problem with tourists harming animals in search of Instagram-worthy photos is not a new phenomenon. Nearly every week a new tragic incident comes to light…