BEACON TRANSCRIPT – You think global warming is a major concern right? Try thinking more along the lines of carelessness and casual cruelty. So, a baby dolphin’s dying. But first, let’s take a selfie. This is exactly what happened on a beach in Argentina.
We all want to immortalize the best moments in our lives through technology. Selfies, for instance, are unanimously considered the best choice of capturing the essence of a happy moment. But, the question at hand is, what could drive someone to be cruel enough to use a wild animal as a prop for his twisted ego?
‘Tis not a question for the weak minds, the philosopher might argue. So, what are the facts behind this unspeakable act which angered almost every sane person on the Internet?
Here are the facts in the case. A sunny beach in Argentina, warm water and people having fun. Suddenly, one of them spots a stranded baby dolphin very close to the shore. What to do? What to do? Surely, we should call the local wildlife authorities, and let them sort this one out because they are such fragile creatures. Then again, the idea is a little too mainstream and much too mundane.
A thought just passed through our minds: instead of calling someone who knows what is best for the poor creature, how about we take it out of the water and give everyone a chance to take a selfie with the dying creature?
This is exactly what happened on the Argentinian beach. Some guy, probably suffering from a case of ennui, though it might be in good taste to take a baby dolphin out of the water in order to take pictures of him. Naturally, the tourists began to ogle at the helpless creature and to take out their cameras.
Well, maybe just one picture. What harm can come out of a picture? Well, the dolphin baby kind of died after staying out of the water for too long. Usually, the skin of a dolphin is covered by an oily substance. This substance can help the dolphin regulate its internal temperature. However, if the dolphin is taken out of the water, the sea creature can quickly dehydrate and wither away.
Naturally, the guy’s gesture made quite an impression, albeit a bad one. Ricky Gervaise, a British comedian made quite a speech about the mental state of people using dolphins or other wild animals as photo props.
And there is one organization who took things to the next level. Some of the members of this organization started by posting some very nasty messages on the guy’s Facebook page.
A baby dolphin’s dying. But first, let’s take a selfie with the poor creature. Although some of the actions performed by PETA or other radical wildlife ONGs are questionable, it would seem that, for one, they are right. Animal cruelty is still out there, whether we like it or not.