Young dolphin dies when it’s carried on to the beach for people to stroke and take photographs in Argentina… then dumped on the sand when they’ve had their fun
- Dolphin was found on the beach before dying of suspected dehydration
- La Plata dolphin can live to 20 years, but dehydrates quickly out of water
- There are only around 30,000 examples thought to be left in the world
- Dozens of people crowded round to stroke it on the Argentine beach resort
A young dolphin has died of suspected dehydration after being paraded around like a trophy and stroked by a crowd of sunbathers who then abandoned it on the sand.
The group of people huddled around the mammal taking selfies after it was found on the Argentine beach resort of Santa Teresita in the north-eastern Buenos Aires Province.
Dozens of people crowded round to look at the squirming calf as they strained to touch it, and have their photos taken with it.
‘The Franciscana, like other species, cannot remain for much time outside of the water, it has thick fatty skin which gives it heat and means that taking it out
The La Plata dolphin – also known as the Franciscana dolphin can live to be twenty years old.
The last tragic images show the body, abandoned on the sand, as people continue to take pictures.
The episode has caused the Wildlife Foundation in Argentina to emit a public reminder about the vulnerable species, which only present off the coast of Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil.
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