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  • SELFISH BASTARDS! Baby Dolphin Dies After Crowd Passes It Around Taking Selfies

    Son of Flipper is dead. Nobody can Free Willy, because he died as he was passed around a crowd of people on the beach fighting for a selfie with the cute dolphin.

    From The Washington Post:

    An endangered baby dolphin was killed on a beach in Argentina last week after the animal was plucked from the water and passed around by beachgoers for petting and photos.

    The incident, which took place at the beach resort town of Santa Teresita, has drawn wide condemnation from animal lovers and activists, including the Argentine Wildlife Foundation (AWF), which released a statement urging people to return dolphins encountered near the shore to ocean waters.

    La Plata dolphins — also known as Franciscana dolphins — are only found in Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, and fewer than 30,000 of them remain in the wild, the foundation said. The only type of river dolphin to inhabit saltwater, Franciscana dolphins are categorized as “vulnerable” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species.

    The IUNC notes that the main threats to the dolphins are gill nets, which are known to drown, injure or attach to marine mammals, causing extreme fatigue, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

    But as it turns out, curious swimmers and other beachgoers are also a top threat.

    Video footage of last weeks incident shows the animal being scooped up by a man and quickly surrounded by a curious mob eager to touch the animal.

    The miniature dolphin, no more than a few feet long, is eventually left to die in the mud, where it can be seen lying motionless.

    At no point in the footage does it appear that anyone in the crowd intervened or attempted to return the animal to the water.

    Seriously, not one person thought…”Hey, let’s put the dolphin back in the water, since, you know, it’s a fish or a mammal or whatever, it lives in the water?!”

    We are world gone wrong.

    Might as well fry it up. At least, don’t waste it, is dolphin good to eat?


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