QUINTANA BEACH, Texas After people reportedly pulled a dolphin back into the water and attempted to ride it.
"This was a tragedy," said Quintana Beach State Park's statement. "Park staff was called to assist in keeping the public away from the dolphin until rescuers could arrive from Galveston. "Unfortunately it was a retrieval, not a rescue."
According to the report, a crowd gathered and pushed the dolphin, which was believed to be sick, back into the water, with some trying to swim with it and ride it.
The dolphin was once again stranded on the sand and beachgoers continued to 'harass' it, according to the agency. By the time rescuers arrived, the dolphin died.
"This type of harassment causes unreasonable stress to wild dolphins, is harmful for those who interact with them, and is illegal," the agency says in a statement. Fines of up to $11,000 and a year in prison are punched.
The incident on Sunday has left no indication of charges.