When a young Franciscana dolphin was spotted near a beach in Argentina last week, she was yanked from the water and passed around by a throng of tourists. The beachgoers kept her from her natural habitat, reports The Dodo, and held her underneath the hot sun so they could capture selfies with her.
Their unenlightened actions cost the baby dolphin her life.
According to the Vida Silvestre Foundation, one other dolphin was pulled from the water, as well.
An environmentalist with the foundation wrote in response to the incident:
“[Dolphins] can not remain long above water. They have very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather will quickly cause dehydration and death.”
If this news isn’t sad enough, Franciscana dolphins are listed as “vulnerable” species, as they are found only in the waters of southeastern South America.
Self-absorption is fatal, apparently. And though a picture may be worth a thousand words, the ones captured on the beach that day cost a life.
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