Watch: Beachgoer coolly slings a dying dolphin over his shoulder and drives off with it in his car
Dolphins are a state-protected species and what the tourist did is supposed to be illegal even if the dolphin was dead. Police are now on the lookout to penalize him
You normally go to the beach to enjoy some sand and surf and soak in the sun. But seems like a man in China, found the beach to be the perfect spot to get his own dolphin!
Police are on the lookout for a tourist who was seen on video carrying off a dead dolphin from the beach. The footage of him with the dolphin was recorded on a smartphone camera.
The unidentified man wore beach trunks and held a smartphone in his hand while he carried off the sea animal to his car and drove away without as much as looking back. The dark haired man appears to be smiling at the smartphone camera before the footage cuts. A woman, dressed in black is seen following the man's route to the car but it is not established whether this woman was part of the dolphin stealing plan.
The video was shot at Hailing Island off the coast of Yangjiang City in southern China. According to the Local Marine Patrol Volunteer, eyewitnesses have seen the man approaching the dolphin which appeared to have beached itself, reports The Mirror. The species of the dolphin is yet to be classified and checked.
What is wrong with this man. Maybe if he had taken it back to the water that would be one thing, but what he did...?! Why didn’t somebody stop it.— Jason swart (@jasonswart1986) May 4, 2018
The patrol volunteer also stated, "Dolphins are a state-protected species. Even if it had died, he's still not allowed to take it himself. Specimens are always supposed to be handed over to wildlife authorities."
Officials and local police were informed about the incident and reports say that the officials have planned to find the man and penalize him.