BUENOS AIRES – An Argentine federal prosecutor is investigating the death of a baby dolphin that a group of tourists pulled from the water to take photographs.
Ramiro Gonzalez is trying to determine if the dolphin died as a result of the incident on the beach in Santa Teresita, a town in Buenos Aires province.
The prosecutor is seeking all relevant facts about the dolphin’s Feb. 10 death, including the identification of individuals shown in a video and pictures posted on the Internet.
The images, which caused an uproar in social media, show how the animal was captured and then abandoned on the sand.
The La Plata dolphin died of dehydration.
Dolphins of the La Plata species reach a length of 1.70 meters (5.6 feet), and inhabit only the waters off Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil, with an estimated population of 30,000 off the coast of Buenos Aires province.
In a statement condemning the dolphin’s death, Argentina’s Wildlife Foundation said members of the La Plata species cannot remain too long out of the water without succumbing to rapid dehydration and death.