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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Baby dolphin crowded by beachgoers in Spain dies

Crowding around cetaceans to take photos or touch them can cause great shock and may lead to death, said an environmental group
Crowding around cetaceans to take photos or touch them can cause great shock and may lead to death, said an environmental group

A Spanish environmental group has called on beachgoers to refrain from crowding around, touching or taking photos of stray sea animals following the death of a baby dolphin last week.

Images on Spanish media and social networks showed adults and children touching the small female dolphin in the sea in the south-eastern town of Mojacar.

Equinac, a non-profit organisation that works to protect marine animals in the southern province of Almeria, said the dolphin died on August 11 before its experts could try to save it.

The group said on its Facebook account that cetaceans are very susceptible to stress and crowding around them to take photographs or touch them can cause great shock and may lead to death.

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