Photo credit: ABC News via Twitter

Baby dolphin dies after being passed around for selfies

Snopes points out that at least one video posted of the incident claims that the beachgoers were trying to help the dolphin, but that it was already dead when it washed up on the beach. This account has not been verified.

>> Read more trending stories

The death has prompted the Wildlife Foundation in Argentina to remind the public about the dangers of interacting with wildlife.

"The Franciscana, like other species, cannot 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," the foundation said in a statement.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (ICUN) Red List of Threatened Species, the Franciscana dolphin is listed as 'Vulnerable' with only about 30,000 remaining in the world.

(tweet)

Support real journalism. Support local journalism. Subscribe to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution today. See offers.

Your subscription to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution funds in-depth reporting and investigations that keep you informed. Thank you for supporting real journalism.

X