'Selfish' beachgoers blamed after stranded baby dolphin dies

Rescue workers said the tourists were not responsible for separating the dolphin from its mother but should have left the animal alone

The BBC reports a local non-profit organization said "selfishness" caused the dolphin's death at a beach in southern Spain last week.

Equinac stated that the lifeguard on duty was overwhelmed by the hysterical crowd and unable to reach the dolphin to assist.

The sea creature is likely to have perished from dehydration and over heating, according to animal experts.

Equinac writes that numerous animals it rescues are subjected to harmful human behavior before rescuers arrive.

"There are many [people who are] incapable of empathy for a living being alone, scared, starved, without his mother and terrified".

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According to several posts on the group's Facebook page, a baby dolphin that was stranded on the beach was quickly surrounded by numerous "curious" people, including children, who wanted to touch and photograph it.

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The dolphin was dead by the time marine rescue officials could reach the scene. "The photographs showed children touching the animal, unintentionally covering the spiracle (blowhole)", Equinac said, adding, "it's not an animal for children or adults to caress".

'Cetaceans are very susceptible to stress, and crowding round it to take photos and to touch it causes them a big shock which greatly accelerates a cardiorespiratory failure, which is what happened.

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The organisation clarified in a follow-up post that they did not accuse the bathers of being responsible for the dolphin's standing. It became stranded because it was sick or because it lost its mother, without whom it can not survive.

Those who see a stranded dolphin should call emergency rescue services rather than try to handle the animal, it added.

"Let us remind everyone that these animals are highly protected; to disturb them, to harm them and to manipulate them is prohibited by law, and we always ask for respect and consideration".

Prosectors there launched an investigation to discover who took the animal, from an endangered species, from the water.

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