Tourist abuse leads to dolphin’s death in S China




Tourist abuse leads to

dolphin’s death in S China


By Guan Weina, Zhang Yongfeng and Lv Qiuping


Tourists abused an injured dolphin that was beached in south China on Sunday of June 16, resulting in the animal’s death as well as a wave of public outrage.

The dolphin, which had sustained an injury to its tail fin, was found stranded on the beach of the Dadonghai resort complex in Sanya, Hainan Province, on Sunday evening, and tourists lifted it out of the water so they could take pictures with it.

“The dolphin was surrounded by the tourists who found it. Some of them touched it, and some held the animal to pose with it in photos,” said Chen Zhongcheng, head of the lifeguard team of Dadonghai Tourism Management Co., Ltd.

Upon realizing what was happening, two lifeguards rushed to disperse the crowd of tourists, while others called the oceanic bureau, said Chen.

“We tried to send the dolphin to the deeper water, but it just kept swimming back,” he recalled, adding that the lifeguards later held it in the water to protect it from further injury.

“It was still alive when I saw it,” according to a witness surnamed He.

The witness also said he saw some tourists asking the lifeguards for permission to have their photos taken with the dolphin.

Workers with the city’s fishery authority arrived at the scene around 7 p.m.

Lifeguards had surrounded the dolphin to protect it by the time the fishery authorities arrived to take the animal to a salt water pool for treatment. Despite their efforts, the dolphin died around 11 p.m. on Sunday.

Photos of the tourists holding the dolphin and posing with it were posted to the Twitter-like Sina Weibo and later went viral.

As of Wednesday morning, more than 83,000 comments had been posted with the trending hashtag, “Leave the dolphin alone, please.”

“I feel very sad. The dolphin died just because of the human beings. Please cherish every creature,” one Weibo user commented.

Others called for an animal protection law that would safeguard the rights of non-protected species. “They should pay for disrepecting life, sooner or later,” a user wrote.

“The key problem is people’s lack of conscience. Ignorant. They are so indifferent to life. All they care about is themselves,” another user posted.

Jiang Hua, the curator of the provincial spiral shell and shellfish museum who joined efforts to treat the dolphin, said an autopsy showed that the animal died from having water in its lung.

Jiang said that as a mammal, a dolphin could drown if the respiratory tract in its fin filled with water.

“Tourists who knew little about dolphins may have never expected it would die when they lifted it and threw it back into the water again,” he said.

Jiang said the camera flashes may also have affected the dolphin’s ability to see, sending it into a state of panic.

Excessive blood loss from the injured fin also contributed to its death, he said.

While wildlife protection activists have called on the public to refrain from touching wild animals, experts believe that a shortage of professional assistance was another factor in the dolphin’s death.

According to an official surnamed Ding with the fishery department of Sanya, there is no professional oceanic wildlife rescue station in the city, so they had to turn to other cities for help.

“Professional rescuers did not arrive until after the dolphin died,” he said, speculating that it may have been injured by a fishing boat.

“If dolphins that are hit by fishing boats do not receive professional help, their chances for survival are slim,” Ding said.






  1. Hi there! I realize this is sort of off-topic but I needed to ask. Does running a well-established blog such as yours require a large amount of work? I’m completely new to blogging but I do write in my diary everyday. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my personal experience and views online. Please let me know if you have any kind of recommendations or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners. Appreciate it!
    buy led projector headlight

  2. Excellent post. I was checking continuously this blog and I’m impressed! Extremely useful info particularly the last part :) I care for such info a lot. I was seeking this particular information for a long time. Thank you and good luck.|
    car led headlight fan not working

  3. Hi my name is Fidel. Few days ago. i published a article about the best gynecological clinic address in Hanoi.

    Hope you read and feedback your review to me. Tks.
    Here is my article link:

  4. We absolutely love your blog and find a lot of your post’s to be just what I’m looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content available for you? I wouldn’t mind publishing a post or elaborating on a lot of the subjects you write concerning here. Again, awesome weblog!
    led light for projector headlight

  5. Hi, of course this post is genuinely nice and I have learned lot of things from it concerning blogging. thanks.
    led headlight bulbs with fan

  6. cialis prices wrote:

    tadalafil venta hermosillo tadalafil sans ordonnance pharmacie

  7. I am actually grateful to the owner of this web page who has shared this impressive article at at this

  8. BurtonNhnrkk cialis online cheap cialis online cialis daily forums [url=]order cialis[/url]

  9. [url=]buy viagra[/url]

  10. I know this website gives quality dependent content and additional material, is there any
    other web site which presents such stuff in quality?

  11. From my very own expertise, I’ve found that wake visitations, funeral ceremonies, memorial services, church masses, and/or
    celebrations of life that have been uniquely personalised in loving honor of the deceased ~ go away attendees with lengthy-lasting
    reminiscences that nurture their grieving course of.

  12. phone sex wrote:

    First, go as a client during the shift that you simply are fascinated about
    working. You should get an idea for the of club before you
    invest in working currently there. Be aware on the three basic types of strip-clubs: upscale gentleman’s clubs, neighborhood clubs, and third tier/dive nuggets.

    Upscale gentleman’s clubs are usually located in leading metropolitan towns.
    You will be required to dollars on gowns and rhinestones.
    The clients usually be businessmen entertaining clientele. Neighborhood clubs are more casual, and costumes
    associated with bikinis or cute two piece suits.

    Third tier clubs are usually located additional crime-ridden sections of town.
    Are generally many online club reviews and chat forums, and also that can carry out a little quantity of research prior to go.
    Physical Keyboard versus an online Keyboard.
    Acquire a Bluetooth keyboard and connect it to your iPad,
    and the virtual keyboard will vanish. But in case you want it
    back, just hit the eject key on Apple’s physical keyboard,
    and the virtual keyboard will reappear.

    BOOKS Have them (with one exception). Yes, e-readers are amazing, and yes,
    they will probably turned into a more dominant reading platform over time,
    but speak with about a book: The actual terrific, high-resolution display.
    In order to pretty durable; you could easily get it
    just a little wet sorts would halt lost. More affordable tremendous battery
    lifespan. It is often inexpensive enough that, an individual misplaced it, you would not be too upset.

    You can even borrow them free at sites called libraries.
    Utilize the host’s support system. Work involved . hardly a
    hosting company in existence that has no need for some involving trouble ticket system.
    Might be IM, chat, email and telephone available
    too but the ticketing system allows a documented account of the progress of the problem gradually stamps and the identity
    of your respondent. Additionally easier to be calm under stress just
    in case fingers do the talking.

  13. Exhibiting 1 to four of four Articles matching ‘same day loans without credit score verify’
    in associated articles.

  14. Thanks on your marvelous posting! I definitely enjoyed reading it, you’re a great author.I will be sure
    to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back later
    in life. I want to encourage you to definitely continue your great
    writing, have a nice morning!

  15. Fae wrote:

    Have you ever considered writing an ebook or guest authoring on other blogs?
    I have a blog based upon on the same subjects you discuss and would really like
    to have you share some stories/information. I know my audience would value your work.
    If you’re even remotely interested, feel free to send me an email.

  16. citrato de sildenafil efectos adversos
    generic viagra at walmart
    sildenafil citrate and nitrates
    [url=]viagra generico in farmacia[/url]

  17. When someone writes an piece of writing he/she keeps the plan of
    a user in his/her brain that how a user can be
    aware of it. So that’s why this article is outstdanding.

  18. Elyse wrote:

    Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group shared this website with us so I came to look it over.
    I’m definitely loving the information. I’m book-marking
    and will be tweeting this to my followers! Excellent blog and superb
    design and style.

  19. Ministério da Energia Comunicação Brasileira de Cardiologia.

Leave a Reply