Last week, a baby dolphin was found on at beach of the Santa Teresita resort, located in Argentina. Tourists saw the baby dolphin and did what tourists do – they took pictures of the poor animal. It turns out that the baby dolphin died because the people on the beach kept out of the water too long.
Here is the photo taken by one a person on the beach:
The fact that this species of dolphin is endangered makes the dolphin’s death just that much more tragic.
“This incident should help the public understand the urgent need to return these dolphins to the sea when they get close to the shore,” the foundation said. “The Franciscana, like other species, cannot remain for much time outside of the water, it has thick skin full of fat which regulates its body temperature, so taking it out of the water rapidly causes it to dehydrate and die.”
What those people did is absolutely horrendous. Hopefully, this tragedy will raise awareness about what people should do when they encounter beached marine life.
Featured image from video screen capture