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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55 Comments

61. Ray.S

Posts: 464; Member since: Jul 19, 2011

People are retards.

55. stuck_788

Posts: 54; Member since: Jul 26, 2013

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

53. Obie-Wan

Posts: 113; Member since: May 24, 2012

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

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.

51. jeroome86

Posts: 2314; Member since: Apr 12, 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.

50. monoke

Posts: 1209; Member since: Mar 14, 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!

48. catze86

Posts: 731; Member since: Dec 07, 2015

Baka Ningen

47. 2faraway

Posts: 75; Member since: Mar 26, 2014

stupid generation!

46. amandareese

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 18, 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.

38. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

32. summerofsam

Posts: 60; Member since: Jun 19, 2015

f**kin corned beef bastards

31. dirtydirty00

Posts: 428; Member since: Jan 21, 2011

this epitomizes the sad state our society has become

30. Coconut00

Posts: 485; Member since: Jan 13, 2015

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

28. Lenny86

Posts: 301; Member since: Sep 20, 2012

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

26. SIGPRO

Posts: 2818; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

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

24. Biernot unregistered

Human Scum

22. PedroPecos

Posts: 6; Member since: Feb 05, 2015

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

45. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

21. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

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

44. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

19. tnuc2014

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 12, 2014

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

20. Arch_Fiend

Posts: 3951; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

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

42. engineer-1701d unregistered

no you cant pure oxygen would kill you

16. oozz009

Posts: 520; Member since: Jun 22, 2015

Poor dolphin. . .

15. Plasticsh1t

Posts: 3109; Member since: Sep 01, 2014

Fuking idiots!

14. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

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

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

11. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

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