By: Patrick Beech
Personnel from the Johor Fisheries Department recently helped rescue a common bottlenose dolphin, which was stranded at the Air Papan beach in Mersing.
According to the department, the dolphin was alive when found, but had some injuries on its tail, likely caused by it smashing into rocks or corals.
The dolphin was later released into the water as the injuries were not serious.
Earlier, an officer from the Civil Defence Force (APM), had spotted the dolphin and tried to release the stranded animal.
However, efforts to free the dolphin, which weighed between 30 to 35 kg back into the sea were unsuccessful due to the high tide and strong waves.
The officer then contacted the Fisheries Department for assistance and the dolphin was successfully freed.