A baby dolphin died after beach-goers in southern Spain plucked it from the sea and passed it round for people to take selfies with.
The small fellow aquatic mammal who dwells in water had lost its mother and was stranded in shallows off the coast of Mojácar in Almeria, Andalusia province, Spain.
Dolphins are very similar to humans.
- They have sex for pleasure like humans.
- They have the second highest brain to body size ratio after humans.
- They can recognize themselves in a mirror, unlike cats and dogs.
- They can communicate with each other in different dolphin languages and call each other out by name (whistles) while living in families and social groups, just like Homo sapiens.
Except they do it all underwater for most of the time.
Dolphins are well aware of humans but have yet to figure them out.
Throughout history shipwreck survivors and seafarers have spoken well of them.
In more modern history people swim with dolphins to capture their awesomeness, in the form of positive energy and vibes, which are said to send people into a transcendental state or help them with any ailments.
NY Post reports:
A local wildlife group, Equinac, brought the shocking incident to light on its Facebook page, posting photos of the tourists and the dolphin.
A nonprofit group from Almeria Equinac said the tourists were “obsessed” with taking selfies.
The group wrote: “Humans are the most irrational animal there is. Many people are unable to feel empathy for a living being which is frightened, starving hungry, without its mother and terrified.
“In their selfishness, all they want is to photograph it and touch it, even if the animal is suffering from stress.”
According to Equinac, hundreds of beachgoers made their way toward the animal to have a look and get their photo taken.
They said the lifeguard on duty “lost his nerve when he saw hundreds of people rushing towards the animal.”
Animal experts from Equinac were on the scene after 15 minutes, but the dolphin had died.
“The animal was submitted to the curiosity of those who wanted to photograph and touch it,” the group wrote.
“The photographs showed children touching the animal, unintentionally covering the spiracle. It’s not an animal for children or adults to caress.”
“Cetaceans are very susceptible to stress and crowding around it to take photos and to touch it causes them a big shock which greatly accelerates a cardiorespiratory failure, which is what happened.”
“We’re not saying that the bathers were responsible for it becoming stranded. It became stranded because it was sick or because it lost its mother, without whom it cannot survive.”
“But crowding around to photograph and touch it, of course, causes these animals to become extremely stressed.”
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