The selfie stick has, for some, become a symbol of Millennial hyper-consumerism, but that’s nothing compared to a baby La Plata dolphin that was killed by tourists vying to upload his adorable face next to theirs on Instagram.
Beach-goers reportedly surrounded the baby La Plata dolphin after it rolled up on shore and decided it was time to whip out the selfie stick. A crowd of what appears to be around 30 people — including men, women and children — gathered to try to get a picture of the animal.
These beachgoers in Argentina killed a dolphin because they took it out of the water to pose with it for selfies:https://t.co/Cb3eFytyDR
— Mic (@micnews) February 18, 2016
Argentina, which has the highest level of tourism in South America after Brazil, will have to shield itself from international uproar over the event. Local wildlife groups, like Vida Silvestre, which translates to Wild Life, have already started to use the moment to turn the selfie stick back on the lack of education about caring for endangered species. They posted a series of tips on what to do if you find a beached or dead La Plata dolphin.
Among the attempts to help selflessness stick with those who saw the video were both tips on what to do with a live or dead La Plata dolphin. First off, don’t crowd them — the animal starts to panic when too many people gather. Secondly, try to get two people to carry it back to the water as soon as possible. If it’s dead, try to make as many observations as possible for when experts arrive on the scene, but don’t move it out of place.
¿Qué hacer si encontramos una Franciscana? Si está muerto: Si es posible sacá foto del vientre para saber su sexo pic.twitter.com/SsQSHhDuWZ
— Vida Silvestre (@Vida_Silvestre) February 17, 2016
“If possible, take a picture of the fin to know the dolphin’s sex.”
Those who jumped on the moment with selfie sticks might be having a moment of shame for their actions. As the story broke on Wednesday in Argentina, locals tore into the foolishness of the individuals who allowed the tragic end to the dolphin’s life to take place. As the world took notice of the event Thursday, that reaction spread to global social media. To say the public was outraged might be an understatement — people wished everything from sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) to death on the dolphin killers.
I hope everyone who took a selfie with that baby dolphin ends up with the clap
— 3rd String Beefcake (@UweBollocks) February 18, 2016
To the people who passed that dying baby dolphin around to get selfies with it – I hope you all die in a car crash.
— Bobby Botswana (@Maplestead4) February 18, 2016
What happened to that defenseless baby dolphin is an example of everything that is wrong with society and societal values. Monsters.
— Fífí Marbhán (@Daisy_Dismay) February 18, 2016
Another reason why I root for the apocalypse https://t.co/4XtQOhN83f
— The Whiskey Talking (@Wrongoutloud) February 18, 2016
This is how much people havr learned to value life… Just enough to take a selfie with it. https://t.co/sWFTW4948p
— Tahil Sharma (@InterfaithMan) February 18, 2016
The darling little La Plata dolphin is far from the first victim to suffer from people trying to get the perfect picture. Craning over cliffs and other dangerous spots with selfie sticks, a shocking number of people die every year caught in the act of documentation. Last year, Mashable released data noting that a total of 12 people had died while putting themselves in compromising positions for the sake of likes. For comparison, that was more than the number of people who died of shark attacks.
[Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images]