ATLANTIC CITY (CBS) — The Marine Mammal Stranding Center says a small dead whale, believed to be a minke whale, washed ashore near the Center Pier off of Martin Luther King Boulevard and the beach.

It is not known exactly when the 15 foot long whale washed up.

Purple spray paint could be seen on the white underbelly of the carcass, but it is unclear who spray painted the whale.

(credit: Troy Platt, Marine Mammal Stranding Center staff)

(credit: Troy Platt, Marine Mammal Stranding Center)

A dead dolphin was also discovered at the beach on Indiana Avenue.

The dolphin was about five feet long and weighed less than 200 pounds.

Just last summer, at least 93 dolphins washed up along the Jersey Shore. More than 430 dolphins died as a result of an outbreak of the Morbillivirus.

Marine Mammal Stranding Center officials are on site to perform a necropsy on the whale and dolphin, and a state pathologist will take samples to determine the cause of death.

They will both be buried on the beach.

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