Stranded baby dolphin dies after being repeatedly stroked by tourists


A baby dolphin has died off the coast of southern Spain after beach goers handled the mammal while taking selfie photos.

Pictures show bathers lifting the "frightened and weak" calf out of the water and stroking the dolphin - one child appears to inadvertently cover its blowhole with his hand. However, even though the beachgoers had not been responsible for the dolphin's stranding, merely touching and photographing the animals can cause them to enter "a very high stress state" and, at worst, to experience fatal shock, the group said.

Equinac have said anyone finding an animal should call an animal rescue service immediately and avoid touching it.

Noted Equinac in its post which soon went viral, 'The photographs showed children touching the animal, unintentionally covering the spiracle (blowhole).

"These animals are highly protected; to disturb them, to harm them, to manipulate them and to harass them is prohibited by law, and we always ask for respect and consideration". "There are many [who are] incapable of empathy for a living being that is alone, scared, starved, without his mother and terrified...."

Wildlife group Equinac condemned beachgoers" "obsession" with selfies when they "should have called emergency services'.

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The group later clarified that the baby dolphin may have been isolated because it was sick or somehow separated from its mother.

Earlier this year, National Geographic reported that a baby dolphin was killed by tourists who dragged the infant sea creature from the ocean in San Bernardo, Argentina.

The group posted two photos of the incident, one of tourists touching the dolphin and another of rescuers removing the animal after she died.

"We may not have succeeded in rescuing her, but we would have tried", the spokesperson said. The death of a baby dolphin on August 12, 2017 on the beach of Mojacar in the south-east of Spain surrounded by hundreds of bathers aroused indignation on August 16, 2017 in Spain. Facebook users also flooded the comments section of Equinac's post with criticism of the beachgoers' behavior.