Gil De Palma
Gil De Palma campaign leader

Baby Dolphin Dies After Beach-goers Passed it Around for Selfies

A young La Plata dolphin has died of suspected dehydration earlier this month after beach-goers in Argentina took it out of the water and passed it around for photos.

CNN news and Daily Mail UK videos showed a person removing the rare La Plata dolphin from the water in a beach resort in the coastal town of Santa Teresita, about 350 kilometers southeast of Buenos Aires, as a crowd of sunbathers surrounded, stroked, and took photos of the calf before abandoning it on the beach.

According to a February 18, 2016 article by CNN’s Carma Hassan and Lynn Franco: “Vida Silvestre, a wildlife foundation in Argentina, reported that one dolphin died after a group of beach-goers took it out of the ocean, then surrounded and handled it.”

And in a February 17, 2016 article by Isabel Hunter for The Daily Mail Online UK: “A young dolphin has died of suspected dehydration after being paraded around like a trophy and stroked by a crowd of sunbathers who then abandoned it on the sand.”

La Plata dolphins—also known as Franciscan dolphins because of their brown toned skin that resembles the attire of Franciscan monks—can live to be twenty years old. Like other species, they have thick fatty skin that dehydrates quickly so they cannot survive for a long time when removed from water.

The beach crowd in Argentina didn’t take that in consideration when they left the baby dolphin wriggling on the beach as they continued to take pictures of its agony.

Placed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) Red List of Threatened Species because of its susceptibility to incidental human capture, Franciscan dolphins now have just an estimated 30,000 examples left in the world.

One of them just died.

People must help rescue these mammals because each one of them matters to the conservation of the species.

This tragic incident has once again demonstrated the urgent need for an effective information dissemination and call to action to save dolphins and whales.

And that’s what we aim to achieve with our Whale Call app.

We want to build a mobile app that will put action at people's fingertips and help create international awareness about the cruelty of whaling and the hazards of ocean pollution to marine environment and human life.

Our Whale Call app will bring individuals, organizations and governments together to quickly take action to achieve a common goal using their mobile phones.

Maybe it could have been used to save that baby dolphin? Who knows.

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Photo credit: Hernan Coria / CEN – Daily Mail UK

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Daily Mail UK



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