A dolphin has died after it was taken out of the ocean so beachgoers could pose with it for selfies.
The small Franciscana dolphin quickly gained a crowd on the beach resort at Santa Teresita in Argentina after someone picked it up. It unfortunately overheated and died due to being out of the water.
The beachgoers continued to pass around the deceased dolphin and it was later discarded in the sand.
The La Plata dolphin, otherwise also known as the Franciscana is found off the coasts of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay and is classed as a “vulnerable” species as there are an estimated 30,000 worldwide.
The Argentine Wildlife Foundation has issued a statement reminding the public of the mammal’s vulnerability in the hope it will prevent a repeat of of this happening again in the future.
“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,” they 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.”
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