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Whale graffiti may be linked to local fraternity

A case of whale graffiti in Atlantic City has many shaking their heads. A minke whale was found Thursday after it washed up under Central Pier and it had purple spray paint on it that seemed to reflect the Greek lettering of a local fraternity. Press of Atlantic City shared the details.

Whale graffiti is garnering headlines
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Authorities have noted that the whale graffiti does not seem to be related to gang symbols at all. Rather, the lettering seems to be tied to a local fraternity. ABC News notes that the lettering appears to say Tau Epsilon Phi, a fraternity that has a presence at several local schools. It also appears that the number β€œ94” was included in the whale graffiti.

Authorities have not specifically tied the whale graffiti to any Tau Epsilon Phi local chapters. A spokesperson for the fraternity says that it is cooperating with the investigation into the incident and considers the graffiti to be a "reprehensible act.”

A state pathologist will be working to determine the cause of death for the minke whale, though having a whale wash up in the area is not entirely uncommon. The whale graffiti, however, is a bit out of the norm.