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Stranded dolphin dies after being used as a photo prop by tourists

An injured dolphin in Sanya City, Hainan province was manhandled by swimmers and lifted out of the water for photographs

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 12:54pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 June, 2013, 11:18pm

A stranded dolphin died on Monday morning in Sanya City, Hainan province, after being manhandled by tourists who used it as a photo prop.

The dolphin was first discovered at 6pm on Sunday evening stranded near Sanya’s Dadonghai beach resort, reported China Daily and Hainan news site Hinews.cn.

With no professional marine rescue centre in Sanya, staff from the Sanya City Bureau of Oceans and Fishing Department were forced to contact Hainan province rescue workers who eventually arrived at 9pm.

In the meantime, Sanya City tourists gathered around the stranded dolphin for nearly 30 minutes to take photographs. Several men posed with the dolphin, eventually lifting it out of the water. This continued until local lifeguards surrounded the dolphin and guided it away to prevent further manhandling. 

The dolphin was then declared dead at midnight due to excessive bleeding from the caudal (tail) fin, and Hainan's Aquatic Wild Animal Rescue Center staff have since begun procedures to bury its corpse. According to their analysis, the dolphin may have been beached after colliding with a fishing boat.

The tourists may now face animal cruelty charges, according to the Daily Mail.

Photographs showing the men posing with the dolphin have gone viral on Sina Weibo, China’s microblogging site. Hundreds of comments have been posted to the photographs, with many criticising the photographers for harassing the dolphin instead of trying to help it.

“Lack of respect for life is the root of every Chinese tragedy,” one commentator says.

Other commentators have argued that the photograph-taking tourists probably meant no harm, but are still at least partially at fault: “It doesn’t matter whether or not their actions brought harm to the dolphin…," said one.

"[What matters is that] their intent wasn’t to help. It was to take pictures. Extremely shameful.”

Another wrote: “At one time dolphins were considered mankind’s friends. And they were also synonymous with kindness."

"Now, mankind’s selfishness and ugly behaviour makes me tremble… It must make Mother Nature tremble as well.”

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Three years ago on a bus in Liaoning province near the city of Panjin I stepped in front of two thieves that were beating up a young woman on a bus. The thieves had unsuccessfully tried to rob the woman while she was asleep. The thieves used knives to cut open her purse in an attempt to steal money and valuables. The thieves didn't get anything of value but they did jostle her enough to wake her up. Abruptly awoken the women saw what had happened and cursed the thieves. In the macho culture of Northeast CHina, low class men, particularly those that have been drinking, as these two had been, don't take kindly to being curse at by women. The men started to attack her and force her off the bus. I was sitting to her inside and rose to help her. No one else on the packed bus lifted a finger to help her, or even tried to use there cell phones to call for help. The bus driver and bus conductor continued down the road as if nothing was happening. I ended up getting knifed in the head for my efforts. The sight of a foreigner with blood gushing from his head proved enough to stop the attackers and they quickly fled the bus. I recovered and was awarded an award for heroism
(見義勇為), the woman ended up okay and the two thieves got 15 years prison each. What I found most depressing is the view of my actions I heard from most Chinese. It is roughly this: "You didn't even know the woman, why intervene. You were stupid." In China morality is very much the exception.
dunndavid
Three years ago on a bus in Liaoning province near the city of Panjin I stepped in front of two thieves that were beating up a young woman on a bus. The thieves had unsuccessfully tried to rob the woman while she was asleep. The thieves used knives to cut open her purse in an attempt to steal money and valuables. The thieves didn't get anything of value but they did jostle her enough to wake her up. Abruptly awoken the women saw what had happened and cursed the thieves. In the macho culture of Northeast CHina, low class men, particularly those that have been drinking, as these two had been, don't take kindly to being curse at by women. The men started to attack her and force her off the bus. I was sitting to her inside and rose to help her. No one else on the packed bus lifted a finger to help her, or even tried to use there cell phones to call for help. The bus driver and bus conductor continued down the road as if nothing was happening. I ended up getting knifed in the head for my efforts. The sight of a foreigner with blood gushing from his head proved enough to stop the attackers and they quickly fled the bus. I recovered and was awarded an award for heroism
(見義勇為), the woman ended up okay and the two thieves got 15 years prison each. What I found most depressing is the view of my actions I heard from most Chinese. It is roughly this: "You didn't even know the woman, why intervene. You were stupid." In China morality is very much the exception.
dunndavid
Three years ago on a bus in Liaoning province near the city of Panjin I stepped in front of two thieves that were beating up a young woman on a bus. The thieves had unsuccessfully tried to rob the woman while she was asleep. The thieves used knives to cut open her purse in an attempt to steal money and valuables. The thieves didn't get anything of value but they did jostle her enough to wake her up. Abruptly awoken the women saw what had happened and cursed the thieves. In the macho culture of Northeast CHina, low class men, particularly those that have been drinking, as these two had been, don't take kindly to being curse at by women. The men started to attack her and force her off the bus. I was sitting to her inside and rose to help her. No one else on the packed bus lifted a finger to help her, or even tried to use there cell phones to call for help. The bus driver and bus conductor continued down the road as if nothing was happening. I ended up getting knifed in the head for my efforts. The sight of a foreigner with blood gushing from his head proved enough to stop the attackers and they quickly fled the bus. I recovered and was awarded an award for heroism
(見義勇為), the woman ended up okay and the two thieves got 15 years prison each. What I found most depressing is the view of my actions I heard from most Chinese. It is roughly this: "You didn't even know the woman, why intervene. You were stupid." In China morality is very much the exception.

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