The rare species, which quickly dies when out of the water, lay dying on the beach as the crowd continued to take pictures
These are the sickening images that show a young dolphin’s last moments before it died of dehydration when it was picked up out of the sea by a crowd.
The mammal was found on an Argentine beach as sunbathers lifted it to take photographs with the animal.
Cruel: They crowded around the ‘vulnerable’ animal
They crowded around it as it squirmed and wriggled but the oblivious selfie-takers carried on playing with it.
The rare La Plata dolphin, which can live for 20 years, was eventually killed after it became dehydrated out of the water.
Sickeningly, the crowd continued to take pictures of the poor animal as it lay dead on the sandy beach.
Argentinian officials have blasted the incident and reminded people that the dolphins die quickly out of the sea.
Killed: The dolphin died from dehydration
“This occasion serves to inform the public about the urgent necessity to return these dolphins to the sea as soon as possible if they find them on the shore,” it continued.
It is of extreme conservation concern because of its vulnerability to getting accidentally caught in fishing gear. There are thought to be only around 30,000 of the species left in the world.