They did it again. Yet another helpless sea creature has been killed by humans who would not give it the space it deserved.
Tourists in Argentina dragged a baby dolphin, which had the misfortune of coming too near the shore, for the chance at an Instagram-worthy photo.
A horrific YouTube video shows a crowd of beachgoers in San Bernardo crowding the hapless animal that was thrown carelessly on the beach floor, petting it and holding their cell phones for a good shot. However, once they were done amusing themselves, they left the poor creature to die on the hot sand, according to one observer.
“They let him die,” a witness reportedly told a local news channel, C5N News. “He was young and came to the shore. They could have returned him to the ocean, he was breathing, but everyone started taking photos and touching him, saying he was already dead.”
It’s not clear from the video if the dolphin was already injured or sick, but about a dozen humans roughly grabbing it, did not help its condition any. Leaving it to dry out on the sand was surely sounding the death knell for it.
The insensitivity to the animal’s pain is absolutely horrific. Dolphins are docile animals and are considered to be one of the friendliest creatures in the ocean.
This isn’t the first time an animal has suffered so brutally at the hands of humans.
The obsession with selfies has given rise to a dangerous trend that is slowly but surely killing off endangered species.
Last year, a Franciscana dolphin, a vulnerable species with only 30,000 subspecies left in the world, was killed by a horde of beach revelers who hoisted it up to take selfies and then cold heartedly discarded it once their purpose was fulfilled.
This selfish selfie culture needs to stop.
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