(NEWSER) – What may have seemed like a fun, harmless photo op turned into premature death for a baby dolphin in Argentina, per Gizmodo. Buenos Aires beachgoers were spotted last week along the shores of Santa Teresita plucking a couple of baby Franciscan dolphins—a species labeled as "vulnerable to extinction" by Viva Silvestre, Argentina's partner with the Word Wildlife Fund—out of the water and passing them around for photos, the Independent reports.

One man posted pictures to Facebook, which showed the dolphins "being held aloft like trophies while grinning tourists were seemingly unaware or unbothered about the animals' discomfort," the paper notes. The beachgoers' indifference to the dolphins continued after they were done: They simply put at least one down on the sand, a fatal move for the rare creature.

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