Porpoises are actually strictly protected in Germany – but some tourists on the Baltic Sea did not seem to care: They held the animal and let their children stroke it until the whale was dead.
It is an unbelievable incident: after a dead porpoise was found on the Baltic Sea beach, the police and public prosecutor’s office are now investigating a group of adults who are believed to be responsible for the death.
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Adults held the animal and more than 20 children petted it
According to initial findings, the strictly protected animal is said to have swum close to the beach. What then followed is hard to believe for animal lovers: Several adults are said to have encircled and held the small whale, as the press spokeswoman for the Lübeck public prosecutor reported.
The adults are said to have called more than 20 children into the water to join the animal being held in this way, who then held, hugged and petted the endangered marine mammal. This situation was apparently too much for the animal: shortly afterwards, the animal is said to have weakened and finally died.
According to an initial examination, the whale suffered from heartworms and lung worms. However, since it cannot be ruled out that the animal had died through intensive contact with people, investigations are now being carried out on suspicion of violating the Federal Nature Conservation Act, said the public prosecutor’s office. Witnesses to the incident on July 9th are asked to report to the Fehmarn water police.