Maryland officials investigating death of humpback whale

ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (AP) — Environmental officials are investigating the death of a humpback whale what was found stranded along the Maryland coast.

The whale, known as “Pivot,” was first catalogued by the Massachusetts-based Center for Coastal Studies in 2008 and was frequently sited in the Gulf of Maine.

It was found dead last Thursday on the beach at Assateague Island National Seashore.

Maryland Department of Natural Resources biologists have taken tissue samples from the carcass in an effort to determine cause of death. Officials said there were no obvious physical signs of a non-natural death.

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