HOTEL workers were caught by surprise when a dead dolphin was found floating near Octopus Beach Resort on Waya Island in the Yasawa Group yesterday.
According to hotel worker Sudesh Sami, the dolphin measruing 2.2 metres was discovered by hotel workers.
He said attempts made to save the dolphin were unsuccessful.
Hotel workers, guests and some nearby villagers managed to pull the dead fish ashore for burial.
"We found the dolphin floating near the shore and we first thought that it was trapped so we went to help by pushing it in the open water," said Mr Sami.
"During our attempt to free the fish into the open water, we realised the dolphin was dead.
"It was a sad moment for everyone at the resort, seeing a beautiful creature such as this dead.
"The size of the dolphin is 2.2metres and it weighed more than 150kg.
"We believe it was already dead when workers discovered it.
"This is the first time for a dolphin to be seen here. Unfortunately, we could not do much but pull it ashore and bury it in the presence of hotel guests and villagers."