GEORGE TOWN: A dead dolphin washed ashore at the Teluk Bayu beach in Teluk Kumbar, the second such incident in the area within a month.
Beach-goers spotted the carcass, took pictures of it and uploaded them on social media. The images have since gone viral.
The first case occurred last month in which a dead dolphin, believed to have choked on plastic, was found along the beach off Pulau Jerejak.
It was not clear how the dolphin in the latest incident had died.
According to Universiti Sains Malaysia marine biologist Dr Aileen Tan, it was common for turtles to choke on plastic refuse, thinking that these were jellyfish.
Dolphins could also make the same mistake, she said after the first incident.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia president S.M. Mohamed Idris said he was saddened by the incidents because two dolphins had died in a month.
“It’s time for people to realise that throwing away rubbish haphazardly can cause the deaths of sea creatures.
“We will be starting a major clean-up campaign at polluted beaches in the state soon.
“I urge other NGOs to join us,” he added.
The state Fisheries Department could not be reached for comment.