Young dolphin dies after crowd of beachgoers take it from the sea to pose for selfies
Published 18/02/2016 | 12:23
A young dolphin has died after a crowd of beachgoers took it from the sea to pose for selfies.
The small dolphin was taken from the sea at the beach resort at Santa Teresita in Argentina.
Within a short space of time, the dolphin is reported to have overheated and died while out of the water.
The dolphin was a member of a vulnerable species called La Plata (or the Franciscana, of which there are only 30,000 left in the world.
The Argentine Wildlife Foundation has issued a statement, reminding the public that such mammals should be returned to the sea immediately if they're found on the beach.
"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 of the water rapidly causes it to dehydrate and die," it said in a statement.
"This occasion serves to inform the public about the urgent necessity to return these dolphins to the sea as soon as possible if they find them on the shore.
"It is fundamental that people help to rescue these animals, because every Franciscana counts now."