BELAIT, Brunei - A partially decomposed carcass of what appears to be a dolphin was found washed ashore off Lumut Beach late Tuesday night.
According to maintenance technician working at the nearby Liang Lumut Recreation Club (LLRC), Mohd Fadilah Mohd Sarji, security personnel first stumbled upon the carcass not far from the club when doing their normal rounds the night before.
"They do routine security checks on the beach area daily and at night.
" We saw the dolphin carcass around 10pm, but it seems to have been dead for several days all ready judging from the state of the body.
"I informed my superiors of the find as soon as the office opened this morning (Wednesday)," said Mohd Fadilah.
An LLRC spokesperson has issued a statement saying that they took note of the finding and have alerted the relevant authorities according to procedures.
Ministry of Industry and Primary Resources (MIPR) Permanent Secretary Hjh Normah Suria Hayati Pehin Jawatan Dalam Seri Maharaja Dato Seri Utama (Dr) Hj Mohd Jamil Al-Sufri acknowledged the finding when contacted yesterday.
"MIPR, through its Wildlife Division, is aware of the finding and is monitoring the situation.
"However, owing to limited resources, it urges the public and nature lovers to contact the Wildlife Division hotline at 8900 990 whenever such sightings occur, so that a follow-up investigation can be done," she said.
"Such sightings have happened in the past and are in fact a normal occurrence. Because the carcasses found are in various states of decay and not fresh, there is a likelihood that the animals came into contact with disease or were injured at sea before drifting ashore.
"As such, no foul play is suspected. However, we try to conduct post-mortems on the carcasses to identify cause of death."
Members of the public were all ready aware of the carcass from early Wednesday morning. Photographs of the carcass have been circulating on social media online since then.
Beaches from Muara to Belait have seen a recent string of similar findings with carcasses of turtles and a dugong found along the coastline.