Baby Dolphin Dies After Being Passed Around For Selfies

Publish Date
Friday, 19 February 2016, 7:27AM
Image: Twitter/New York Daily News

Image: Twitter/New York Daily News

A bunch of beachgoers in Argentina last week inadvertently killed an endangered baby dolphin when they scooped it out of the ocean and started taking pictures of it.

Vida Silvestre, the local arm of the World Wildlife Fund, claims that tourists in the town of Santa Teresita found the dolphin in the ocean and brought it ashore, passing it around the smartphone-brandishing crowd. It later died. The dolphin was a Franciscana dolphin, which is a species that gets particularly weak when removed from the water from extended periods.

The diminutive dolphin species grows to be slightly longer than five feet long, and it’s classified as “vulnerable.” According to Vida Silvestre, there are fewer than 30,000 individuals in the wild. The organization claims that it’s unlikely the species will recover.

Actor & comedian Ricky Gervais, who has often been outspoken on animal rights, made his thoughts brutally clear on twitter: 

 Put the dolphin back in the water. The selfie’s not worth it.