Today, a video was released showing tourists in Argentina using a stranded baby dolphin as a photo prop, petting it and taking photos. In a video released by C5News, you can see that people flocked in to see the stranded dolphin, crowding around it and pushing to get a better view. Apparently no one tried calling a rescue network to come save the dolphin, and were instead using their phones to take pictures and videos. ?
The dolphin was clearly alive, as one eyewitness reported that the dolphin was breathing, but they kept telling everyone it was already dead. “They let him die,” states the eyewitness. This poor baby could have been saved if someone would have protected the dolphin, keeping tourists away and calling a rescue network.
This is truly heartbreaking and maddening. ? ?
What’s worse is that this isn’t the first time this has happened in Argentina. Back in February, a young La Plata dolphin stranded, and tourists began passing the small calf around and using it for photo props until it overheated and died. ??
Rest in peace little dolphin… ?
IF YOU EVER COME ACROSS A STRANDED DOLPHIN, HERE’S WHAT TO DO:
- First, call a rescue network. Look up the phone number of a nearby marine mammal stranding rescue network and save it in your phone.
- If possible, put a towel or sheet over the dolphin’s back, but DO NOT COVER THE BLOWHOLE!!
- Continuously pour water over the dolphin’s back, keeping the towel or sheet wet. Also pour water over the tail and head, but again, to dot pour water on the dolphin’s head if the blowhole is open.
- Keep beach goers away unless they want to help, but don’t employ too many people, as the dolphin may feel overcrowded and become frightened.
- Try to keep your body away from the dolphin’s mouth, as the dolphin may be nervous and is more likely to bite.
- Perform as little physical contact with the dolphin as possible.
- When a rescue team arrives, have everybody stand back and let the professionals do their work.