Demand Justice for Baby Dolphin Who Died While Tourists Took Selfies

Target: Mariano Rajoy Brey, President of Spain

Goal: Strengthen and enforce existing laws protecting marine wildlife from human harassment.

A baby dolphin was killed on a beach in southern Spain after hundreds of tourists crowded around her to get selfies with the terrified creature. The young female dolphin had apparently become separated from her mother and stranded herself on the beach, where she attracted the attention of curious beach-goers. A marine wildlife rescue group, Equinac, reported that the dolphin calf died within minutes as a result of extreme stress and possibly having her blowhole covered by tourists petting and stroking her head.

Cetaceans such as dolphins are sensitive creatures that are incredibly vulnerable when stranded. Their thick, fatty skin absorbs sunlight and can cause them to overheat when out of water. Additionally, dolphins are susceptible to fatal shock when stressed, which alone could have caused this innocent calf’s death.

It is already illegal in Spain to harass or touch marine wildlife. More must be done to protect these animals on popular beaches where such interactions may prove fatal. Sign this petition to demand that the government of Spain do more to enforce these laws and strengthen them to include harsher penalties.


Dear President Brey,

A baby dolphin died on a beach in Mojacar after hundreds of tourists crowded around her for pictures. The stranded dolphin calf was apparently handled and stroked by multiple people, causing her unnecessary distress and suffering. By the time the rescue organization Equinac arrived on the scene, minutes after the commotion began, the dolphin was already dead.

This poor creature did not deserve to die such a painful and undignified death. Dolphins are sensitive creatures who must not be harassed, especially when they are already vulnerable and stranded. We demand that existing laws receive stronger enforcement, and that you push for tougher penalties for those who break them.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Willy Volk

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  1. rose brooks says:

    Doesn’t this speak volumes about the low down idiots living in our midst. Totally selfish morons.

  2. Gigi Middlebrook says:

    People that do this kind of selfish act should all be drowned.

  3. Horrible.

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