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



1. keaheng

Posts: 3; Member since: Nov 15, 2014

This is why alien won't talk to us.

8. iLovesarcasm

Posts: 589; Member since: Oct 20, 2014

Cruel humans, useless being. -Android

33. S.R.K.

Posts: 678; Member since: Feb 11, 2016

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

49. Blazers

Posts: 734; Member since: Dec 05, 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.

58. JumpinJackROMFlash

Posts: 464; Member since: Dec 10, 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?

23. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 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.

27. MSi_GS70 unregistered

Ppl are stupid idiots so aliens stay away..

36. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014

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

39. engineer-1701d unregistered

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

59. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Would you? We will kill everything on sight.

2. ananthu07 unregistered

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

17. Podrick

Posts: 1285; Member since: Aug 19, 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.

40. engineer-1701d unregistered

everyone taking selfies should die.

54. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

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

56. skips

Posts: 479; Member since: Oct 04, 2015


57. skips

Posts: 479; Member since: Oct 04, 2015

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

60. ananthu07 unregistered

does my account have a profile pic? Edit: oops wrong post

3. HonestRealist

Posts: 196; Member since: Jan 25, 2016

Makes me sick.

4. bodzio1809

Posts: 407; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

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


Posts: 106; Member since: Sep 01, 2015

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

7. johanbiff

Posts: 415; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

no hope for the "human" rase...

25. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

rase? lmao

35. ibend

Posts: 6747; Member since: Sep 30, 2014


9. Intrepid_wiz

Posts: 28; Member since: Dec 30, 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

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

13. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 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...

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

14. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3101; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Fuking idiots!

16. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Poor dolphin. . .

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