- Associated Press - Friday, May 6, 2016

BIDDEFORD, Maine (AP) - A 7-ton minke whale that washed up along a Biddeford beach earlier this week was dissected and removed by a nonprofit group with help from local volunteers.

Lynda Doughty, executive director of Marine Mammals of Maine, tells The Portland Press Herald (http://bit.ly/1UE8cUa ) that her organization was notified on Tuesday that a dead 28-foot whale was found on a Horseshoe Cove beach.

Doughty’s group and staff members of the New England Aquarium in Boston are in the process of conducting a full necropsy on the adult female whale.

Doughty says the cause of death is yet to be determined, but the mammal most likely died out at sea and came in with the tide.

Volunteers working with a local excavating company were expected to remove the carcass on Thursday.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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