The Whisker Chronicles

Whiskers are also known as vibrissa, from the latin vibrare "to vibrate". Vibrissa are the specialized hairs on mammals and the bristlelike feathers near the mouths of many birds. Their resonant design is symbolic of the energies, good and bad, that are reverberating throughout the natural world. Every living thing is connected and, by birthright, deserves to exist.

Dying For The Perfect Photo: The Selfies With Animals Epidemic

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In recent years, selfies have become a global phenomenon. Worse, they’ve become a leading cause of accidental death for people all around the world. By some estimates (arguable, but still) the taking of selfies now causes more deaths per year than shark attacks. As disturbing as this is, it thus far has remained a sort of self-inflicted death sentence, an encapsulated phenomenon affecting only the humans taking the selfies.

That is changing.

Just in the last few weeks, a rare adolescent La Plata dolphin was killed when it became disoriented and beached itself. Instead of taking the animal back out into the surf and releasing it, hundreds of people began holding it aloft, and passing it around, all vying to take selfies with it. The dolphin quickly succumbed to shock and dehydration and died. After its death, the body was discarded on the beach, and–after a few more selfies…

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2 comments on “Dying For The Perfect Photo: The Selfies With Animals Epidemic

  1. Josh Gross | The Jaguar
    March 14, 2016

    Thanks for sharing this, Maymie; this is a problem people need to know about. My hope is that as the selfie fad loses steam (assuming it does) people will stop harming animals, and themselves, for such a silly reason.

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    • Maymie Higgins
      March 14, 2016

      I agree. But I fear the allure of photos with wildlife in exploitative ways will endure. Misguided biophilia coupled with anthropocentrism is a timeless entity. I’m currently reading E.O. Wilson’s latest book, “Half-Earth” and he makes an appeal that it is now or never on preserving biodiversity. If anyone can shift the collective paradigm, he can.

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