Sunday 25 February 2018

Baby dolphin dies from stress surrounded by tourists taking photos

Members of the Equinac team at the scene: The dolphin had died when they arrived  CREDIT: EQUINAC / FACEBOOK
Members of the Equinac team at the scene: The dolphin had died when they arrived  CREDIT: EQUINAC / FACEBOOK

Mark Molloy

A baby dolphin stranded on a Spanish beach has died after being handled and photographed by tourists.

Curious beachgoers approached the female calf when it became beached in Mojacar, Almeria.

Equinac, a non-profit organisation, who help rescue stranded marine turtles and wildlife in the region, said the dolphin would have been “terrified” and criticised those who handled the animal. 

“Humans are the most irrational animal there is. Many people are unable to feel empathy for a living being which is frightened, starving hungry, without its mother,” they posted on Facebook [translated].

“In their selfishness, all they want to do is photograph it and touch it, even if the animals is suffering from stress.

“The photographs showed children touching the animal, unintentionally covering its blowhole.”

A baby dolphin has died after getting stranded on a beach in Spain  CREDIT: FACEBOOK / EQUINAC
A baby dolphin has died after getting stranded on a beach in Spain  CREDIT: FACEBOOK / EQUINAC

The organisation clarified in a follow-up post: “We did not say that the bathers were responsible for their stranding.

“This calf beached for being sick or losing her mother, without which she can't survive, but photographing and touching causes these animals to enter a very high state of stress.

“Let us remind everyone that these animals are highly protected; to disturb them, to harm them and to manipulate them is prohibited by law, and we always ask for respect and consideration.”

Last year, a seal pup died after a ‘clueless’ woman carried it home in a plastic bag.

Meanwhile, a Yellowstone bison calf had to be put down after 'stupid' tourists tried to rescue it from the cold by putting it in their car.

Telegraph.co.uk

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