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Washed up whale on Atlantic City beach gets tagged with graffiti

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Saturday, May 3, 2014, 7:33 PM -

A dead Minke whale that washed ashore in New Jersey suffered some further indignity after someone tagged it with graffiti. 

The whale, which was about 4.57 metres long, was discovered Thursday morning below Atlantic City's Central Pier. 

Police tell The Press of Atlantic City, the purple markings are not gang-related and appear to be Greek letters.

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The letters appeared to be Tau Epsilon Phi, a fraternity that has chapters at several area schools, followed by what looked like "94.'' 

Spokesman Jesse Cohen says while it has not been confirmed that Tau Epsilon Phi members were involved, the fraternity considers it a "reprehensible act'' contrary to its teachings and is co-operating with authorities. 

A state pathologist is investigating the cause of death. 

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According to the The Press of Atlantic City, it is not uncommon for whales to wash up on the Indiana Avenue beach. 

"We had a 57-foot fin whale wash up in Jersey City just a few weeks ago," said Robert Schoelkopf, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in an interview on Thursday.

With files from the Associated Press

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