Fate of dolphin carcass still unknown more than 12 hours after it was washed ashore on East Coast beach

Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services wrapping up the dolphin carcass in plastic bags and canvas sheets.
Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services wrapping up the dolphin carcass in plastic bags and canvas sheets. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN
Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services wrapping up the dolphin carcass in plastic bags and canvas sheets.
Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services wrapping up the dolphin carcass in plastic bags and canvas sheets. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN
Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services putting disinfectant around the dolphin carcass. ST VIDEO: NG HUIWEN
Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services putting disinfectant around the dolphin carcass. ST VIDEO: NG HUIWENST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN
Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services wrapping up the dolphin carcass in plastic bags and canvas sheets.
Workers from Ramky Cleantech Services wrapping up the dolphin carcass in plastic bags and canvas sheets. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN
A dolphin carcass that washed ashore along East Coast Park on Wednesday (July 6) was still there on Thursday morning.
A dolphin carcass that washed ashore along East Coast Park on Wednesday (July 6) was still there on Thursday morning.ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN
Staff from the National Parks Board seen cordoning off the 2m-long carcass on Thursday.
Staff from the National Parks Board seen cordoning off the 2m-long carcass on Thursday. ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN
A dolphin carcass that washed ashore along East Coast Park on Wednesday (July 6) was still there on Thursday morning.
A dolphin carcass that washed ashore along East Coast Park on Wednesday (July 6) was still there on Thursday morning.ST PHOTO: NG HUIWEN

SINGAPORE - The fate of the dolphin carcass that was washed ashore along East Coast Park on Wednesday afternoon was still unclear by Thursday (July 7) noon.

When The Straits Times visited the beach area near Big Splash at around 8am, flies were seen around the carcass which appeared to be slightly decomposed.

At about 9.45am, a three-member team from the National Parks Board (NParks) cordoned off the 2m-long carcass.

 

Housewife Therese Stafford, 43, who was walking her dog along the beach at about 8am, said: "I know that there are dolphins off the coast of Singapore but I've always thought they were much further away. It's unreal to see something like this. And it's very sad."

 

Other beachgoers told The Straits Times that it was their first time seeing a dolphin carcass on the beach.

 

It is unclear how the dolphin carcass got there. It is believed that both the NParks and Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum are aware of it and will decide what to do about it on Thursday.

Just before 11am, workers from Ramky Cleantech Services arrived at the beach to put disinfectant on the carcass.

Said Ramky Cleantech Services site manager Jenny Khng: "We will be putting disinfectant around the carcass to clean up any bacteria, before the authorities decide what to do with it."

At around noon, the workers were seen moving the carcass from the beach to a lorry. The Straits Times understands that it will be taken to the Ramky office in Loyang.