- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2016

A baby dolphin has reportedly died after beachgoers in Argentina’s Santa Teresita pulled the animal out of the water to parade it around for pictures in the hot sun.

A witness of the event, Hernan Coria, took photographs as dozens of tourists pushed forward to stroke the La Plata dolphin, or Franciscana dolphin, which is listed as “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature with fewer than 30,000 individuals surviving, The Telegraph reported.

In response, the Wildlife Foundation in Argentina has published a reminder about the species.

“Recently photographs taken in Santa Teresita showing a group of people passing a dolphin around on dry land on two occasions have emerged. At least one of these animals has died,” the foundation said in a statement.

“This incident should help the public understand the urgent need to return these dolphins to the sea when they get close to the shore,” the foundation said. “The Franciscana, like other species, cannot remain for much time outside of the water, it has thick skin full of fat which regulates its body temperature, so taking it out of the water rapidly causes it to dehydrate and die,”

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