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Rare baby dolphin dies after people pull it from water to take selfies

By Mason White 6:44 PM February 18, 2016
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By: Chan Yuan
A rare baby dolphin died after it was passed around for people to take selfies.

A video of the incident was posted to the Internet. People went to social media to vent their outrage over the abuse of the mammal.

The incident took place at the Santa Teresita beach in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The video shows the body of the marine mammal lying on the sand with people surrounding it.

The La Plata dolphin was pulled from the water by tourists and was passed around to many people who wanted to take selfies with it.

The mammal died from dehydration and overheating from exposure to the sun.

A spokesperson for the Argentine Wildlife Foundation (AWF) condemned the acts, saying: “This serves as a reminder to the public about the urgent necessity to return these dolphins to the sea as soon as possible.”