Tourist Steals Dying Dolphin From Chinese Beach

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Chinese police forces are seeking a man who saw a dying dolphin stranded on a beach, and then picked it up and simply walked off with it.

The man in swimming shorts is shown in the video walking casually down the beach with the large dolphin over his shoulder and a woman following behind.

The man in the video is seen walking nonchalantly while he had the dolphin over his shoulder.

The incident reportedly took place May 1 on a Hailing Island beach, a popular tourist destination off the coast of China's Guangdong province, 150 miles south of Hong Kong.

The tourist was also spotted smiling as he carried off the stranded sea mammal.

"Dolphins are a state-protected species", the volunteer said, adding: 'ven if it had died, he's still not allowed to take it himself'. "Whether it was dead or alive, he should have called the authorities for help".

"The person, considered a vacationer on the island, was then seen to have carried the dolphin away to his automotive ... he will probably be punished when he's recognized".

In accordance with the native marine patrol, witnesses noticed the beach-goer method the dolphin after it appeared to seashore itself. "Dolphins are protected animals [in China]".

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He said: 'Specimens are always supposed to be handed over to wildlife authorities'.

"Witnesses said they saw a dolphin which seemed to be dying or was nearly dead near the shore", a local fishery official told Btime.

The local official assumed the man was a tourist.

People commenting on Chinese social media have been criticising the man's actions, says the BBC.

"I don't even know what punishment is in order for someone who did something like this", said one Weibo user.

A third social media user expressed his anger saying: "Is he going to boil the dolphin [for food]?"

Another likened the tourist to "savages" and hoped that the man is punished and be asked to pay thousands of yuan.