KOTA KINABALU - A dead dolphin caused a stir among joggers along the Tanjung Aru beach here.
A jogger, identified only as Harun, 49, said he noticed something like a big fish on the shore and approached it for a closer look at about 6.30am yesterday.
"When I noticed it was a dolphin, I called a friend from the Wildlife Department to take the carcass away," he said.
Others who gathered around the dead mammal captured pictures and selfies before the wildlife officers arrived at the scene at around 10am.
From its features, the officers identified the dolphin as that of the bottlenose hybrid.
A staff of the department said from the injuries seen on the body he believed the mammal had injured itself in fishing nets and died after that.
"It could have been dead since last night and was washed ashore by the waves this morning," he said.
The carcass of the dolphin was later handed over to the Universiti Malaysia Sabah Borneo Marine Research Institute for a post-mortem to determine the cause of its death.
Dolphins as well as other mammals, such as whales, are often seen beached on the shores off Sabah.