An endangered baby dolphin died after tourists pulled it out of the ocean to take selfies. The Franciscan dolphin was killed at the Santa Teresita in Buenos Aires last week as tourists threw the animal around and grabbed it on the beach.
In the pictures captured by Hernan Coria people can be seen taking photos of the mammal’s lifeless body.
‘The Franciscan, like other dolphins, cannot remain above water for long,’ they wrote on their website. ‘It has a very thick and greasy skin that provides warmth, so the weather quickly causes dehydration and death.’
A spokesperson for Peta added: ‘In their efforts to get a novelty “selfie”, these holidaymakers showed a naïve – and ultimately fatal – disregard for life by hauling this baby dolphin out of the sea, where he or she belonged.
‘One can only imagine the trauma suffered not only by this baby, who was passed around like a toy by marauding tourists, but also his or her grieving mother.’
According to the Fundacion Vida Silvestre the species is vulnerable to extinction at only 30,000 left in the world.