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Second dolphin killed in Argentina by tourists taking selfies

Another baby dolphin dies in the name of tourist selfies Second dolphin killed in Argentina by tourists taking selfies
Theresa Hayes | 27 January, 2017, 23:06

A baby dolphin has died in Argentina after tourists took selfies with it instead of putting it back in the water.

Footage of the second dophin was reportedly filmed in the beach town of San Bernardo this week, showing a group holding the dolphin in shallow, muddy water.

"He was young and came to the shore", Claudia told the Spanish-language broadcaster, according to National Geographic.

"But everyone started taking photos and touching him".

But she added: "They said it was already dead".

In February a year ago, tourists at the beach resort of Santa Teresita were accused of killing an endangered La Plata dolphin after they paraded it along the beach for selfies, causing the young animal to overheat and die. It too was pulled from the water by tourists for the sole goal of picture taking.

In its report in February 2016, National Geographic wrote: "Social media has changed the landscape, making exotic animals seem adorable and acceptable, but what you don't see is the suffering that lies behind the images".

"The Franciscana, like other species, can not remain for much time outside of the water, it has thick fatty skin which gives it heat and means that taking it out of the water rapidly causes it to dehydrate and die", it said in a statement.

"So please, don't be one of those people".

Advocacy group World Animal Protection said wild animals weren't photo props.