Bhubaneswar: A four feet dead bottle-nose dolphin was found washed ashore at Puri beach on Saturday.
The carcass of the mammal, a rare species in dolphin family was spotted first by some locals who later informed the forest authorities.
The officials recovered its body and have sent it for autopsy. Although the exact reasons for the death of the animal are unclear, it might have occurred due to entanglement with a trawler.
Detail reasons behind the death of the dolphin can only be assessed after post-mortem, said an official.