I’ve never really understood the appeal of selfies but their ubiquitousness has made them something we all just have to accept, for better or worse. Mostly, selfies are just harmless acts of vanity, capturing a moment in time to be forgotten five minutes later and stored on the internet for all eternity. Sometimes though, the quest for these snapshots can have terrible and long-lasting effects.
Last week an endangered loggerhead sea turtle in Lebanon underwent life saving surgery after suffering a terrible ordeal. It’s believed the animal was dragged from its waters, stepped on and otherwise brutalized, and even beaten, all so the attackers could take the ‘perfect’ selfies.
Among other injuries it appears the turtle suffered head trauma severe enough to cause salt-water to flood its sinuses. Animals Lebanon, the organization that spearheaded the rescue, has stated that the injuries would likely have been fatal if not for the quick medical intervention the loggerhead received.
Unfortunately, attacks of this nature are all too common. This tragedy comes just months after a baby dolphin was killed by beachgoers in Argentina who passed it around to take pictures.
If not for the valiant efforts of Animals Lebanon, it’s likely this endangered animal would have suffered the same fate.
Social media has become a powerful force in our lives. The ability to share and connect with people, instantaneously, any time and anywhere in the world is truly amazing. But likes, clicks, shares, rebloggs, ect don’t absolve us of our responsibilities as the caretakers of this world. If your ‘perfect selfie’ requires you to disturb an animal habitat, maybe it isn’t so perfect after all.