SCITUATE, Mass. (AP) — Experts say another minke whale has been found dead in Massachusetts waters.

The New England Aquarium says the 22-foot, sub-adult whale was found dead rolling in the surf off Scituate on Monday.

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The aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Team responded and determined the whale had likely died within the past couple of days, but because it had been significantly scavenged by sharks a full necropsy could not be completed.

A dead minke whale off Scituate (Photo credit: New England Aquarium)

The carcass showed had no evidence of marine gear interference or evidence of any other human interaction.

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Over Labor Day weekend, another dead minke whale washed up in Duxbury.

In 2017 and 2018, a greater than normal number of minke whales died along the U.S. East Coast. In response, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an unusual mortality event for the species.

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