Tourists Were Taking Selfies With A Baby Dolphin…And It Died As A Result

In Argentina, people lined up for what seemed like a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity with a baby dolphin, but their actions possibly ended the creature’s life.

After a person spotted a baby Franciscana dolphin close to the shore at a local beach, they took it out of the water so that people could take selfies with the animal. Allegedly, they kept it out of the water for too long, the dolphin overheated and died.

What’s worse is that this particular species is endangered.

People couldn’t resist the temptation of taking pictures, and their actions ultimately doomed the poor creature.

Baby dolphin dies after tourists ‘pull it out of ocean for selfies’

Posted by The Independent on Thursday, February 18, 2016

Various wildlife organizations have responded to the tragic incident.

It’s possible that the baby dolphin perished before the crowd got their hands on it (which is why it was so close to the shore or possibly washed ashore). Whether or not it was already dead, there is a lesson to be learned here: love our planet and give nature the distance and respect it deserves.

Source: http://www.viralnova.com

All flippers on deck! Russia looks to recruit new dolphin brigade

(CNN)Russia’s military is looking for new recruits.

A document on an official government website detailing state purchases stated that the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation is looking for five bottlenose dolphins, three male and two female, required for military duty. Other specifics include the length of the animals (2.3 to 2.7 meters) and their ages (between 3 and 5 years old).

    The military is looking to pay 350,000 rubles (about $5,000) each for the dolphins. Careful not to get duds, the report stipulates that the animals “should display motor activity.”

    The document also says there should be no visual damage on their skin. They should have all teeth without scratches or cracks, minimal breathing rhythm should be two breaths per minute, maximum — four.

    Among the requirements, it also says “bottlenose dolphins need to demonstrate physical activity.”

    The purchase order stipulates that the dolphins be caught in the presence of marine mammal specialists and transported humanely, in bathtubs filled with seawater, the report states, according to Russian state media.

    Animals of war

    Animals have long played roles in war, from Alexander the Great’s war elephants to cavalry used as late as the second World War. Dogs have been used for a wide range of tasks, from delivering messages and laying communication lines to sniffing out mines.

    Dolphins themselves have been aquatic service animals in the past — both for the U.S. Navy, which also trains sea lions for military purposes, and for the Russian military — as these highly-trainable mammals are able to detect risks such as sea mines or enemy scuba divers trying to slip through blockades or into restricted areas.

    While the new dolphin brigade’s purpose is not evident from the purchase order, Ukrainian war-dolphins found themselves forced to change allegiance following the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014.

    “The combat dolphin program in the Crimean city of Sevastopol will be preserved and redirected toward the interests of the Russian navy,” state-run Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported at the time.

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    Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

    Dolphin dies thanks to selfie mob at Argentinian beach resort

    Multiple news outlets are reporting that a Franciscana dolphin — a rare dolphin that can swim in both fresh and salt water— died hours after tourists at a beach resort inSanta Teresita, Argentina took the mammal out of the ocean to take selfies with it:

    According to Sky News, the dolphin died while being passed around by the mob, which then left it on the sand:

    Awful.

    Source: http://twitchy.com/

    Dolphin at SeaWorld leaps up to grab woman’s iPad from her hands

    This dolphin doesn’t care if you want to stay dry or have a working iPad.

    A video taken at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, shows a dolphin leaping out of the water to grab a woman’s iPad right out of her hands.

    The woman who appeared to be filming or photographing the dolphin quickly retrieved her beloved technology from the pool and went on her way.

    Though his iPad destruction got some laughs, the dolphin still had some spunk left in him, so he decided to heavily splash everyone in the surrounding area.

    Just another reason why you shouldn’t take public pictures with your iPad.

    Source: http://mashable.com/

    Tiny Dolphin Dies On Beach As Tourists Pass It Around For Selfies

    Selfies just hit a new low.

    News reports from the province of Buenos Aires, Argentina have said that a smalldolphin has died at the resort Santa Teresita after beach go-ers removed it from the water to pet and pose for photographs with it.

    The images showing dozens of people swarmingthe tinydolphinwere uploaded onto social media last week.

    In an online statement, Vida Silvestre Foundation confirmed the dolphin had died and said it was most likely killed by dehydration. Dolphins have a thick layer of greasy skin and fat designed to insulate them in cool waters. However, on a hot Argentinian beach, they can easily overheat and dehydrate.

    Its believed the dolphin was a Franciscana (also known as a Plata dolphin), roughlyaround 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) long. This species is often found in the Atlantic waters to the east of South America and is one of the worlds smallest dolphins. To add further insult to injury, its also one of South Americas rarer dolphins listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature as a vulnerable species.

    No animal’s life is worth a photograph, please respect nature and leave it where it belongs.

    Source: http://www.iflscience.com

    Dolphin Succulents Are The Latest Craze In Japan

    Remember the bunny succulent plants? If you liked those you’re in for a real treat because someone just shared a pic of succulent plants that look like dolphins and the Japanese are going crazy about them!

    Called the Senecio peregrinus, this plant has a bunch of tiny leaves that look like little dolphins jumping in the air. The best part? The longer the vines get, the more the leaves look like dolphins! So, not only does the plant make your home cozier but it’s pretty adorable as well.

    Twitter user @kao77neko shared a picture of this succulent and it has over 10k retweets and 11k likes since. Thank you @kao77neko, for introducing us to this awesome dolphin plant that we never knew we loved!

    (h/t)

    Image credits: kao77neko

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    Source: http://www.boredpanda.com/

    When Her Little Dog Sees A Dolphin, She Does The Cutest, Most Unexpected Thing!

    Even if you’re not a dog lover, you know that some pooches have Napoleon complexes. They think and act like they’re tough, macho beasts not to be messed with. They’re also often less than 10 pounds.

    Well, Gracie here definitely thinks she’s bigger than she is, but not in a menacing way! When she sees a potential friend on a boat ride, she does what only makes sense to her…there’s just one problem. We’re not sure dolphins are as fond of dogs.

    I can only imagine Gracie wants to be best friends with the majestic sea creature she’s just come across. I feel like there’s Disney potential in there somewhere!

    Source: http://www.viralnova.com

    Fearless Wiener Dog Goes Overboard In Pursuit Of A Dolphin

    Gracie really… really… really wants to swim with a dolphin. 

    The little dachshund was so excited when a dolphin surfaced on the Banana River, near Port Canaveral, Florida, that she decided to go in after it:

    The video was initially posted on YouTube last year by Gracie’s owner, Tina Calderin, but received a new round of attention after being reposted on the Kyoot Animals channel from “America’s Funniest Home Videos” earlier last week.

    Calderin said the family had goats at home and Gracie often chases and herds them.

    “I think she was trying to herd the dolphin like she does our goats,” Calderin wrote. “I think she wanted to play.”

    Either that or Gracie was just confused. 

    “She thinks she’s a dolphin,” Calderin wrote. “They are the same color.”

    Calderin’s biggest concern was that the dog would get accidentally bumped by a dolphin, but neither dolphin nor dog were harmed during the aquatic encounter

    (H/T Mashable)

    Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

    Tourists Were Taking Selfies With A Baby Dolphin…And It Died As A Result

    In Argentina, people lined up for what seemed like a one-of-a-kind photo opportunity with a baby dolphin, but their actions possibly ended the creature’s life.

    After a person spotted a baby Franciscana dolphin close to the shore at a local beach, they took it out of the water so that people could take selfies with the animal. Allegedly, they kept it out of the water for too long, the dolphin overheated and died.

    What’s worse is that this particular species is endangered.

    People couldn’t resist the temptation of taking pictures, and their actions ultimately doomed the poor creature.

    Baby dolphin dies after tourists ‘pull it out of ocean for selfies’

    Posted by The Independent on Thursday, February 18, 2016

    Various wildlife organizations have responded to the tragic incident.

    It’s possible that the baby dolphin perished before the crowd got their hands on it (which is why it was so close to the shore or possibly washed ashore). Whether or not it was already dead, there is a lesson to be learned here: love our planet and give nature the distance and respect it deserves.

    Source: http://www.viralnova.com

    Oscar-winning star of anti-dolphin hunt documentary Ric O’Barry held in Tokyo

    Tokyo (CNN)The animal-rights activist and star of the “The Cove,” which highlighted Japan’s controversial annual dolphin slaughter in the town of Taiji, has been detained at Tokyo’s Narita International Airport, his lawyer says.

    Takashi Takano told CNN that Ric O’Barry has been detained in a deportees’ facility at the airport on Monday and that he had met with the activist in the company of immigration officials. Takano was told by officials that O’Barry had tried to enter Japan on a tourist visa but his tourist status was not fully proven. Officials refused to refused to provide him with further information.

      His son, Lincoln O’Barry, told CNN that his father had entered Japan to monitor the hunt, to test the dolphin meat for mercury poisoning and to work with local activists.

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      The Japanese government is cracking down on those who oppose their war on dolphins,” O’Barry said, through his son. “I feel I am being used as a figurehead representing all Western activists.”

      His son continued: “This is a desperate attempt by the Japanese Government to hide the atrocities in Taiji. They have run out of excuses on why the slaughter and sale of mercury-contaminated dolphin meat continues. Dolphin hunting in Taiji began in the 1950s and is hardly cultural or traditional. The dolphins that aren’t slaughtered are sold to dolphin ‘abusement’ parks around the world.”

      He told CNN that the slaughter of dolphins is a relatively new phenomenon and not part of the area’s long-held traditions.

      “Traditionally whaling goes back very far in Taiji but dolphin hunting is not something that is traditional. Everything that is killed in the cove is a dolphin and that started in the 1950s. It’s not part of their culture or tradition.”

      READ MORE: Opinion: How hunters slaughter dolphins in Japan

      Source: http://edition.cnn.com/

      Surfer is super pumped to be body slammed by a dolphin

      Seems like all you can do is laugh when you get whacked by a dolphin.

      Surfer Sam Yoon was ecstatic when he was knocked off his board by the aquatic mammal off Duranbah Beach, in Australia’s Tweed Heads. The dolphin was leaping in front of a wave and collided with Yoon as it dived back into the water.

      “You see that? It landed on my head, shoulders and the back. It was like, full on,” Yoon told 9 News Thursday, while reacting to iPhone footage of the collision.

      Image: 9 NEws

      The animal can be seen trying to avoid Yoon, tilting to its right mid-air. Yoon tried to get out of the way too, but it was too late.

      “I knew that he realised he’s gotta do something too. I was like, f*ck this, no way I can get away from this,” he laughed.

      Yoon was not injured, and kept surfing after the collision occurred. He thinks the dolphins might’ve communicated with each other after the incident, avoiding him every time he was paddling.

      That’s one cool surfing story to tell the mates, we admit.

      Source: http://mashable.com/

      This beached baby dolphin was rescued by an NBC reporter

      Reporters tend to keep their distance from the story, but when a baby dolphin needed help, one reporter rose to the occasion.

      NBC News reporter Kerry Sanders helped rescue a stranded baby dolphin on Marco Island, Florida during a storm surge caused by Hurricane Irma. Sanders’ rescue attempt was broadcast live on Today.

      Today reports that the dolphin had been brought back to the beach by a local after being found washed all the way to a sidewalk.

      Sanders reports the surges as measuring 4 feet, enough to wash wildlife ashore. After finding the exhausted dolphin on the beach, Sanders teamed up with a passing tourist to help it back into the Gulf of Mexico.

      The baby dolphin, who proved pretty heavy for two grown men to deliver back to the ocean, was nursed and carried into the oncoming waves — not an easy hurdle for a tired baby dolphin to tackle.

      It took about 10-15 minutes for the pair to get the dolphin into deep enough water for it to gain supported swimming momentum.

      Sanders stands on the shore cheering the dolphin on. “Come on buddy, you can do it,” he cheers. “It’s a struggle. I see him trying, he really wants to make it out there, he’s just really disoriented no doubt.”

      Sanders came across several other dolphins along the beach, including an adult needing a group of local Florida residents to assist in its rescue:

      Today pointed out Sanders’ lengthy career in hurricane reporting (he’s covered over 60) and the fact that he’s been part of dolphin rescue stories before, so serendipitously, he knew how to perform a rescue.

      Precisely where Sanders was standing hours earlier, a group of Florida residents rescued yet another dolphin, picked up by Fox 4:

      Looks like Sanders has started something.

      Source: http://mashable.com/

      Rescuers are looking for a dolphin trapped in a t-shirt

      The dolphin is now at extreme risk of having the shirt block its blowhole.
      Image: Department Of Parks And Wildlife/Facebook

      Evidently, it’s not enough that people keep killing dolphins by yanking them out of the water for selfies. Now some rubbish human has put human clothing on one.

      A dolphin was spotted swimming around Koombana Bay in Western Australia Monday, wrapped up in a tank top or t-shirt.

      The image, captured by a member of the public, was quickly picked up by both the Dolphin Discovery Centre and the Department Of Parks And Wildlife, with the latter organisation requesting more information via their Facebook page.

      Clarifying the statement in an interview with the ABC, the department’s Pia Courtis explained that it would be “unusual” if the dolphin had just swum into the clothing all by itself.

      That means it’s likely someone put the bottle nosed dolphin in the shirt intentionally, potentially endangering its life in the process.

      “Thankfully for it, it’s on the other side of its blowhole and its pectoral fins are out so it can still swim,” she said.

      Humans, huh.

      Source: http://mashable.com/

      Dolphin Chooses World’s Unluckiest Octopus As A Playmate

      We humans love dolphins — they’re cute, playful and highly intelligent. What’s not to like?

      Ask an octopus.

      The unassuming octopus in the photo below was minding its own business last week off Western Australia when an excited bottlenose dolphin scooped it out of the water and began to toss it around.

      Krista Nicholson, a PhD candidate at Murdoch University, captured photos while conducting research for the Mandurah Dolphin Research Project.

      She saw the dolphin use its nose to toss the octopus into the air, as if to play with it.

      It was absolutely spectacular to watch,” Nicholson told WA Today. “It would let it float for a while, then come back and grab it by a tentacle and throw it into the air.”

      Nicholson told the Mandurah Coastal Times that she has seen dolphins play with octopuses, but it’s rare to get photos of such an encounter. “It’s not unheard of for dolphins to do this, but it’s not a regular occurrence,” she said.

      Dolphins are known to feed on octopuses, so the play date may not have ended well for the eight-armed sea creature.

      But one thing’s for sure: The dolphin had a grand time.

      Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/

      Photographer Spends 25 Years Trying To Document The Majestic Beauty Of Whales And Dolphins

      Christopher Swann has spent over 25 years taking majestic photographs of whales and dolphins, and as you can see from these beautiful pictures, the British photographer and cetacean enthusiast clearly has an intimate bond with these awe-inspiring marine mammals.

      “I love the beauty and perfection of the sea,” Swann told mymodernmet. “Cetaceans epitomise that, and nothing is more perfect than any cetacean underwater, but whales are really special. To see animals so huge yet so graceful, so at ease and at one with their surroundings, is exquisite.” The photographer has spent years running whale and dolphin-watching holidays around the globe, but he’s decided to bid farewell to this career in order to focus exclusively on his amazing photography. Take a look at some of his stunning photography below. His pictures serve to remind us that despite their size, these tranquil creatures have the power to instill in us a remarkable sense of peace.

      Christopher Swann is a British photographer who takes majestic pictures of whales and dolphins