Baby dolphin dies after 'hundreds' of beachgoers take photos, play with it
- Author: Kyle Peterson Aug 17, 2017,
Aug 17, 2017, 7:51
A baby dolphin has died after tourists posed for selfies with it on the beach.
Equinac, a local wildlife group, has condemned the incident, writing on their Facebook page: "Humans are the most irrational animal there is. All you want to do is to photograph and poke, even if the animal suffers from stress".
Photos showed tourists surrounding the two dolphins while another photo showed at least one was left on the sand to die.
Animal experts from Equinac were on the scene after 15 minutes but the dolphin had died.
Equinac says "hundreds" of people posed for pictures with the visibly distressed animal.
Noted Equinac in its post which soon went viral, 'The photographs showed children touching the animal, unintentionally covering the spiracle (blowhole).
"There are many who are unable to feel empathy for a living being alone, scared, starving, without their mother and terrified".
It said that harassing dolphins, which is a protected species, is prohibited by law in Spain and advised members of the public to call Spain's animal emergency services for such situations in future.
Children were said to have accidentally covered the blowhole of the small female dolphin as crowds gathered around the stressed animal in the shallow waters of Mojacar, Spain, last week.
Beachgoers in the Spanish resort town of Mojácar, on Spain's southeastern coast, were treated to the distressing sight of a dolphin calf, who had apparently gotten separated from its mother, washing up on a beach.
Animal welfare group Equinac said in a statement that cetaceans are very susceptible to stress, and touching "causes them a very strong shock".
The poor animal died after being paraded around by beachgoers before being dumped in the sand.
They may have been able to get the animal into a zoo or animal rescue clinic and saved its life.
Social media users flooded the post with comments, with many criticizing the actions of those eager to get the flawless 'summer photo'.