The obsession with selfies has become extremely dangerous. Recently, we’ve seen an influx of accidental deaths for the sake of taking the perfect selfie and we’ve seen crisis situations exploited for a memorable selfie, such as a recent event in which socialites posed in cute, fun photos wearing refugee emergency blankets.
The dangers of selfie culture have been taken to a new low as a group of tourists in Argentina killed a Franciscana dolphin while passing it around in the hot sun for photos.
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Franciscanas are small, rare dolphins that are unable to spend as long out of the water as some of their larger counterparts.
"They have very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather will quickly cause dehydration and death,” an environmentalist from the Vida Silvestre Foundation wrote online in response to the troubling incident.
Two of them were pulled from the waves near an Argentinian resort and taken to shore where a crowd of people began to take turns holding them in their selfies.
As a result, one of the defenseless dolphins died.
“At least one of these dolphins suffered a horrific, traumatic and utterly unnecessary death, for the sake of a few photographs,” a spokesperson from the World Animal Protection group told ABC in Australia, condemning the despicable incident. “This terribly unfortunate event is an example of the casual cruelty people can inflict when they use animals for entertainment purposes.”
The tourists ultimately discarded the dolphin’s body on the beach once they were done with it, allowing it to die of dehydration and continuing to snap photos of its lifeless body. No one even considered before it took its last breath that there could have been a chance for survival if someone put it back in the water where it belonged.
There are only about 30,000 of the Franciscana subspecies remaining on the planet, according to The Daily Beast and they are considered vulnerable for extinction — meaning, their species can’t afford to lose members for the sake of social media likes.
Destruction of animals isn’t the type of thing you want to get attention for. Now that the world knows these tourists killed this innocent creature, they won’t get much positive feedback on the photos they so desperately needed to capture.