Dead dolphin washes ashore at Tanjung Bungah beach


GEORGE TOWN: The carcass of what appeared to be a dolphin washed up on Tanjung Bungah beach today.

A city council cleaner at work near the beach at Medan Tanjung Bungah found the dead dolphin at about 1pm.

A group of restaurant workers on a family day outing helped to move the carcass and bury it.

Mohamad Khairi Haron, 49, said the dolphin measured about 1.5m in length. It appeared to have suffered from a wound on its back.

“It was starting to rot and the smell was unbearable. My workers and I dug a hole by the beach and buried it,” said Mohd Khairi, who operates Markaz Nasi Kandar Restaurant in Bukit Mertajam.

Khairi and 30 of his workers were carrying out a team building exercise on the beach at that time.

One of the workers, Iqram Jamil, 23, said he had been coming to the beach over the past 10 years and had never seen anything like this.

The Penang Fisheries Department has been alerted about the find.