Washed-Up Whale in Jersey Gets Tagged With Graffiti
Appears to be a fraternity name
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 3, 2014 9:01 AM CDT
Bob Schoelkopf, left, director of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, looks over a minke whale that washed up in Atlantic City, N.J.   (Vernon Ogrodnek)

(Newser) – A dead Minke whale that washed ashore in New Jersey suffered one last indignity: someone tagged it with graffiti. The whale, roughly 12 to 15 feet long, was discovered Thursday morning below Atlantic City's Central Pier. This looks like the work of a former frat boy rather than a gang member, however. The markings appear to be the Greek letters for Tau Epsilon Phi, a fraternity that has chapters at several area schools, followed by what looked like "94." A state pathologist will try to determine the cause of death. (Meanwhile, it looks like a blue whale that washed up in Newfoundland won't explode as originally feared.)

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Lou Bernardo
May 3, 2014 3:10 PM CDT
Everything in New Jersey gets spray painted. It seems the ghetto dwellers love ugliness. Highway sound walls, statues in parks, bus stop shelters, any wall larger than 2 x 4 feet, and even people's vans and railroad cars parked more than an hour on sidings are Uglified Jersey Style. It was depressing living there with so much ugliness and filty trash littered streets and highways.
May 3, 2014 11:42 AM CDT
Oh, the hue manatee!
May 3, 2014 11:31 AM CDT
"This looks like the work of a former frat boy rather than a gang member, however." That explains a lot. It's sad the whale died, it was much smarter then it's decorator.