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Selfie-Taking Tourists Cost (Another) Baby Dolphin’s Life

Dorathy Gass

Just under 30 days and there is another incident being reported of not behaving very well … and this time it cost another baby dolphin its life. It occurred recently in Argentina (200 miles from Buenos Aires in San Bernando), and the dolphin reportedly passed away because it was pulled out from the ocean by a bunch of beach tourists.

While the dolphin was alive when it was taken out of the water, tourists chose to crowd around it, take pictures, and pet it; rather than help it find its way back to its ocean home. Sadly, according to reports, the baby dolphin passed away later on, as a result.

MSN reported that a bystander was reported as saying that the dolphin was ‘young’ and made his way to shore.

Apparently, the animal was still breathing and the tourists could have easily helped him make his way back into the water, but they chose to snap pictures with it and touch it instead.
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time an incident such as this has occurred. In fact, it’s the second time in a year this has happened in Argentina. Last February, a La Plata baby dolphin, a rarity of its kind, passed away at a Santa Teresita resort when tourists took it from the water and passed the animal around while taking ‘selfies’ with the creature. They then left the animal in the sand, where it eventually died. In the past, an Argentinian wildlife organization known as Vida Silvestre has warned the public about taking dolphins from the ocean. Clearly these advisory haven’t been taken seriously.

While selfies have been a fun way for individuals to express adventures and everyday life on social media as of the late, when it comes to this and animal deaths, the trend occurs with more just dolphins. In 2016, two peacocks from a China zoo passed away because of the stress they endured when two tourists grabbed them to take a selfie. As well, an incident occurred in Yellowstone National Park where a woman was speared by a bison when she tried to take a selfie with it. Sadly, Plitvice Lakes National Park in Croatia has experienced a ton of damage to its forests and waterfalls thanks to visitors straying of the beaten path to take photos; meanwhile in Europe, a handful of artworks and statues have been damaged by tourists climbing onto them for pictures. As such, worldwide landmarks have begun banning and restricting the use of selfie sticks and prohibiting selfies in general.

It’s a sad time in history when the need to gain a cool picture for a 100 ‘likes’ on social media seem to take priority over animal life, natural, or historic landmarks.