BEACON TRANSCRIPT – People should really learn how to respect wildlife, since animals can be put in danger even by the most harmless people. Several tourists killed a baby dolphin after they tried to capture the perfect selfies with it. The incident took place in San Bernando, Argentina.
The Argentinian news channel C5N posted a video on Twitter that showed what happened with the poor dolphin. The dolphin came to the shore and remained stranded. At that moment, the cheerful tourists surrounded it and started taking selfies. A witness declared for C5N that the dolphin was still breathing, but the tourists thought it was already dead. This is why they did not help it get back into the water. They took what they thought it was an opportunity that they would never have.
Wildlife supporters are outraged by the situation and are trying to raise awareness on the dangers that humans may unconsciously subject animals to. While they are not trying to shame the culture of selfies, what they want people to acknowledge is the repercussions they might have if they lead this practice to an extreme.
Unfortunately, this is not the first case of a dolphin being killed by the carelessness of tourists avid of taking selfies. Last year, a baby La Plata dolphin died when the tourists did not return him into the water and instead kept it on the beach to take photos with it. What is the worst about this is the fact that La Plata dolphins are an endangered species with only about 30,000 specimens left in the world.
Not only animals get hurt in such ‘extreme’ selfie experiences. A couple in Thailand tried to take a selfie with a sleeping crocodile and one of them got bitten when the animal awoke. This really make us ask some questions on what people are willing to do just to obtain the perfect photo. Statistics show that more people are killed while trying to take selfies than people who die in shark attacks.
Should people be taught to be more careful in their attempt to capture selfies? Probably, but the problem here is how they view animals. They regard them as mere instruments that are there for their entertainment and often forget that they are living creatures, too. This baby dolphin is probably not the last animal that will have to suffer from selfie taking, so people should learn to think more about what is around them.
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