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Death by selfie: baby dolphin dies when too many tourists grab it for a snap

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Death by selfie: baby dolphin dies when too many tourists grab it for a snap

The "death by selfie" phenomenon is growing by the day, with more people dying in incidents related to their phones' front cameras last year than were killed by sharks. This year is starting on the same somber note, with people being electrocuted while climbing on trains to take a selfie, or drowning while jumping in the water during high tide for a few quick snaps.

The human deaths due to the relentless pursuit of the most interesting selfie are reaching epidemic proportions indeed, but killing animals in order to take that proverbial snap to upload for 15 minutes of fame is debauchery at a whole new level. Yes, this happened, and with a baby dolphin at that, which is one of the most innocent creatures that could suffer from such a gruesome fate.

What we are talking about is a baby Franciscana dolphin that appeared with a larger sibling at an Argentinian beach, and was scooped out of the water by (likely well-meaning) tourists who just wanted to take a snap with it. Being passed it from hand to hand didn't sit well with the baby dolphin in the heat, though, due to the sheer amount of people who tried to get in the frame together with it, and the poor creature couldn't survive the endeavor. 

Adding insult to injury, the Franciscana Dolphins (Pontoporiidae) are endangered species, and can't survive long out of the water due to their thick, greasy skin that makes them prone to overheating when exposed to the elements. Despite environmentalists' advice for people to push them back in the sea if they are found in shallow waters, or wandering off to a beach, the tourists pulled it out just to take that all-important selfie to brag with, for yet another such disaster to unfold.

source: LaNacion

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posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:31 46

1. keaheng (Posts: 2; Member since: 15 Nov 2014)


This is why alien won't talk to us.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:42 9

8. iLovesarcasm (Posts: 528; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)


Cruel humans, useless being. -Android

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:14 4

33. S.R.K. (banned) (Posts: 678; Member since: 11 Feb 2016)


These were all using iPhones. IPhones causing death to a dolphin. How sad.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 16:47 1

49. Blazers (Posts: 428; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)


I'm begining to think you got butt raped by a bunch of Apple employees. Or perhaps, you were rejected by them and now have all this pent up anger lol.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 06:37

58. JumpinJackROMFlash (Posts: 450; Member since: 10 Dec 2014)


Apple employees (and users) are known for their butt-raping tendencies so it wouldn't be a surprise. You say this as if it was a positive thing?

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:33

23. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


There's also a possibility thta they don't exist. Do you talk to your dog or cat about life or politics? Yea, same reason why a highly advanced civilisation wouldn't want to contact us.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:04

27. MSi_GS70 (unregistered)


Ppl are stupid idiots so aliens stay away..

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:59

36. ibend (Posts: 4587; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


fine, i'll talk to them...
where's my jetpack?

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:19

39. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


i say kill every person at that beach that was in the pic and 1 kid from the family.

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 11:00

59. JunitoNH (Posts: 1782; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Would you? We will kill everything on sight.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:32 11

2. ananthu07 (unregistered)


I hate people who take selfies. In other words, nearly everyone in the world with few exceptions.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:07 7

17. Podrick (Posts: 711; Member since: 19 Aug 2015)


Selfies aren't bad by any means. But many people overdo it. Doing stupid things like above to get some likes on facebook. Bunch of stupid people with ugly poses or whatever the hell they're called filled on the internet. They're like spam.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:22

40. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


everyone taking selfies should die.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 21:49

54. kent-gaga (Posts: 501; Member since: 10 Apr 2012)


well everybody, including you, will die someday so...

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:26 1

56. skips (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


irony

posted on 19 Feb 2016, 04:27

57. skips (Posts: 174; Member since: 04 Oct 2015)


and dont even come up to me like-: "someone else took the profile pic for me"
sure

posted on 20 Feb 2016, 01:54

60. ananthu07 (unregistered)


does my account have a profile pic?

Edit: oops wrong post

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:36 7

3. HonestRealist (Posts: 196; Member since: 25 Jan 2016)


Makes me sick.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:37 1

4. bodzio1809 (Posts: 356; Member since: 28 Aug 2013)


I would overheat this people with fire... Fak them.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:39 28

5. BATTERY_LIVES_MATTER (Posts: 103; Member since: 01 Sep 2015)


May each and every one of them have an individual underwater selfie session with an adult shark.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:39 1

7. johanbiff (Posts: 400; Member since: 31 Mar 2015)


no hope for the "human" rase...

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:40 5

25. _PHug_ (Posts: 444; Member since: 11 Oct 2011)


rase? lmao

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:56

35. ibend (Posts: 4587; Member since: 30 Sep 2014)


*rice

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:43 12

9. Intrepid_wiz (Posts: 28; Member since: 30 Dec 2015)


Even after it died, some A******s would still take a selfie, post it on Instagram and write #lookwhati saved.

Dumb pieces of s**t

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:44 1

11. Ordinary (Posts: 2317; Member since: 23 Apr 2015)


Its time to leave

http://i.imgur.com/aD5qS7E.jpg

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:45 14

13. xondk (Posts: 1393; Member since: 25 Mar 2014)


This is so disturbing, the amount of people gathering around an animal they are causing distress to take selfies and touch it? clearly distressing it, what is wrong with people...

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:25

41. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


there spanish need we say more.
lives in south america revolve around selfies and f#%king
why do you think there are so many without homes or anything

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:50 1

14. Commentator (Posts: 3685; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Wow, what an article to start the day off with...

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 06:50 6

15. Plasticsh1t (Posts: 443; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Fuking idiots!

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:02 8

16. oozz009 (Posts: 520; Member since: 22 Jun 2015)


Poor dolphin. . .

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:12 12

19. tnuc2014 (Posts: 255; Member since: 12 Sep 2014)


The dolphins should take these mugs underwater for 10 minutes for a selfie.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:21

20. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Take a breath of pure oxygen and you could hold your breath for that long.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:26

42. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


no you cant pure oxygen would kill you

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:23 1

21. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


I would have been the guy saying, A selfie with a dolphin is stupid so put it back in the water.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:28

43. engineer-1701d (unregistered)


i would be the guy stabbing people and beating them to death on the way to the dolphin to get it wet or put in in the water

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:53

44. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Hell yeah, I would have started an argument if I was there.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:27 9

22. PedroPecos (Posts: 6; Member since: 05 Feb 2015)


Makes you wonder who's the "animal" in here...

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 12:55

45. Arch_Fiend (Posts: 2468; Member since: 03 Oct 2015)


Selfie fools are now animals........ I can agree with that.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:35

24. Biernot (unregistered)


Human Scum

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 07:57 2

26. SIGPRO (Posts: 1435; Member since: 03 Oct 2012)


Basterds, all these people should be put in jail for years!

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:20

28. Lenny86 (Posts: 120; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)


Ppl with selfistick.Seriously still do not believe that s**t fax exist.So akward.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:31 1

30. Coconut00 (Posts: 479; Member since: 13 Jan 2015)


Ok now this has gone too far. Humans dying because they are stupid is one thing. That poor dolphin did nothing.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 08:50 1

31. dirtydirty00 (Posts: 421; Member since: 21 Jan 2011)


this epitomizes the sad state our society has become

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 09:02 1

32. summerofsam (Posts: 60; Member since: 19 Jun 2015)


f**kin corned beef bastards

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 11:56 3

38. LionStone (Posts: 743; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Only one with a brain in that pic is the baby dolphin and the idiots killed him

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 14:42 2

46. amandareese (Posts: 1; Member since: 18 Feb 2016)


The poor creature was being tossed around just so their SELFIES could fetch good number of LIKES????
WHAT A SHAME!!!

Visit the website SelfieToDieFor, a movement to create awareness on life threatening selfies. AND, it is not only about YOUR LIFE that's being referred to.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 15:08

47. 2faraway (Posts: 75; Member since: 26 Mar 2014)


stupid generation!

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 15:55

48. catze86 (Posts: 726; Member since: 07 Dec 2015)


Baka Ningen

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 17:30

50. monoke (Posts: 342; Member since: 14 Mar 2015)


They need to make each one of those bastards in the photo pay up/fined! This is disgustingly cruel behavior whether intentional or not. Dolphins don't deserve this s**t!

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 18:05 2

51. jeroome86 (Posts: 1125; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


They do do the crime. Should do the time. Poor little Dolphin. Bet he was scared by these evil bastards. Really though 30 days in jail and a nice fine is not too much to ask for.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 18:45

52. theo14461 (unregistered)


We humans, will eventually use up, kill, waste, pollute, this whole world. I'm glad that I won't be around to see it. People are stupid, fu$#ing morons.

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 19:30 2

53. Obie-Wan (Posts: 86; Member since: 24 May 2012)


I hope those ppl will somehow got what they deserve... (*_*)'

posted on 18 Feb 2016, 22:37

55. stuck_788 (Posts: 48; Member since: 26 Jul 2013)


that's the confirmation that who take selfies have psycological problems...

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