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'Selfish' tourists blamed for baby dolphin death

Tourists touching the baby dolphin on the beach in southern Spain Image copyright Equinac
Image caption Tourists touching the baby dolphin on the beach in southern Spain

A baby dolphin has died after it was surrounded by tourists looking to take photographs on a beach in southern Spain.

It had lost its mother and become stranded in shallow waters off the coast of Mojacar in Andalucia.

Tourists then began touching and photographing the animal rather than seeking help for it.

Equinac, a local NGO, said "selfishness" caused the dolphin "suffering and stress."

Image copyright Equinac
Image caption A member of Equinac holds the dolphin after it was recovered from the beach

The organisation, which works to protect marine wildlife in the area, wrote in a Facebook post (in Spanish): "The animal was subjected to the curious who wanted to photograph and touch it."

"These animals are highly protected; to disturb them, to harm them, to manipulate them and to harass them is prohibited by law, and we always ask for respect and consideration."