BINTULU: A dolphin, which was initially rescued and set free last Friday, was found dead at the Tanjung Batu Beach near here this morning.
The carcass, which was two-metres-long and weighed more than 100kg, was discovered by locals about 8am.
It was learnt that the dolphin was initially rescued and released back into the water by the district Fire and Rescue Department team after it had washed ashore by the residents on Friday night.
State Fire and Rescue Department assistant operations director Farhan Sufian said the department was informed of the discovery at 7.08pm on Friday.
“When our team arrived at the location, the dolphin was still alive but in weak condition. It was released back into the sea at 9.47pm last night.
“However, we later received information that the same dolphin was found dead this morning,” he said.
Farhan said based on its condition, they believed that the mammal had not been eating for several days.
“At the time being, the carcass has yet to be taken away by the relevant authorities,” he added.