Shocking! Dead whale washes ashore; people click photographs

The photographs showed people getting close to the whale, climbing atop its vast body and smiling away for a photo-op.

Shocking! Dead whale washes ashore; people click photographs
Image courtesy: @Beritabalicom/Instagram

New Delhi: Not even a month after a baby dolphin was mercilessly pulled out of the sea by tourists for selfies and got killed in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a similar incident took place in Indonesia's East Bali.

It was a normal Monday morning for Bali natives and fishermen Negah Sunarta, 37 and Nengah Darpa, 35, who had gone out to Batu Tumpeng Beach for their daily jobs.

What they saw when they reached the shore was a sight that they probably would never forget.

 

A dead sperm whale measuring 16 metres lay before them, which had washed up on the shore.

Soon enough, a curious crowd of onlookers started to assemble and instead of calling up the marine authorities to get the whale removed, they felt it was a great opportunity to take photographs and selfies with the dead mammal.

Images on the photo-sharing app Instagram soon began to pour in showing pics that displayed the inhumane side of the people who had collected there.

The photographs showed people getting close to the whale, climbing atop its vast body and smiling away for a photo-op.

It took a few hours for the local authorities to coordinate with the Klungkung Department of Fisheries and Marine Affairs, the Natural Resource Conversation body (KSDA) and the Regional Disaster Managemejt Agency to remove the whale's body.