Outrage as baby dolphin dies after being paraded on beach for selfies

This is the moment when a baby dolphin was carried on to an Argentine beach for selfies, condemning it to death in the hot sun.

Hernan Coria captured the incident in photographs as the crowd at the beach resort of Santa Teresita paraded the La Plata dolphin – also known as the Franciscana dolphin – around like a trophy.

People push forward to stroke the stranded creature.

The episode has caused the Wildlife Foundation in Argentina to publish a reminder about the vulnerable species, which is only present off the coast of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.

“Recently photographs taken in Santa Teresita showing a group of people passing a dolphin around on dry land on two occasions have emerged. At least one of these animals has died.

“This incident should help the public understand the urgent need to return these dolphins to the sea when they get close to the shore.”


February 18th, 2016 by