NEWINGTON, N.H. — Investigators are trying to determine what caused the death of a whale found in New Hampshire’s Great Bay.

Ashley Stokes, rescue manager at the Seacoast Science Center in Rye, tells the Portsmouth Herald ( the dead whale, found Tuesday morning, is most likely a minke whale, which are fairly common in the area. She believes it was a juvenile about 12 to 13 feet long.

The whale was being relocated from where it was found in Newington.

Stokes said a full necropsy of the whale will not be possible because of its decomposed state. The Seacoast Science Center is collaborating with the New England Aquarium to conduct a limited necropsy.

Information from: Portsmouth Herald,

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