Rare Dolphin Dies After Mob of Idiots Take Selfies
“At least one of these dolphins suffered a horrific, traumatic and utterly unnecessary death, for the sake of a few photographs,” a spokesperson from the World Animal Protection group told ABC in Australia, condemning the despicable incident. “This terribly unfortunate event is an example of the casual cruelty people can inflict when they use animals for entertainment purposes.”
After being pet and pawed at by dozens of people, one of the small creatures was found discarded on the beach, its usefulness as a social-media prop at an end. It was left coated in sand and soon died slowly of dehydration. Several people continued to snap photos of it as it lay gasping, just feet from the water.
With only around 30,000 of the subspecies remaining, the La Plata dolphins, which can live to be 20 years old, are considered vulnerable to extinction. This isn’t the first case of a dolphin being killed for a moment of social-media mugging—an injured dolphin died after being out of the ocean for half an hour in China while men snapped pics. Even their toothier foes can fall victim to our insatiable content clamoring, as the small shark who succumbed to asphyxiation while families captured the moment for posterity in New York can attest.