Dead Whale Washes Ashore in Atlantic City, Tagged with Graffiti

The whale appeared to be marked with the greek letters Tau Epsilon Phi — a fraternity with chapters at Penn, Rutgers and Rowan.

NBC 40 is reporting a small whale that washed ashore in Atlantic City sometime overnight was discovered this morning covered with graffiti.

The whale appears to be marked with the Greek letters Tau Epsilon Phi, a fraternity headquartered in Voorhees with three local chapters: Penn, Rutgers and Rowan.


The Marine Mammal Stranding Center hasn't determined a cause of death yet, but whales wash ashore on New Jersey beaches relatively frequently. A dead dolphin was also found a few blocks from the whale; there is believed to be no connection. The whale was about 15 feet long.

The Press of Atlantic City writes that several boardwalk businesses are angry that the whale will be buried near the boardwalk: A psychic shop owner says they're worried the smell will drive customers away.

Many in the area will remember another tagging of an animal — this one alive. Infamous Philly graffiti artist Cornbread tagged both sides of an elephant with "CORNBREAD LIVES" at the Philadelphia Zoo in the early 1970s. Cornbread, aka Darryl McCray, got nine months in reform school for the stunt. He says he tagged the elephant because his friend Cornelius was shot dead; McCray wanted people to know Cornbread was not the one killed.

Fox 29 has another angle of the tagged whale.

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  • rb

    I guess no one is checking what is being taught in college.

  • Anna

    Disgusting. The tags, not the poor whale that had the misfortune of leaving this world in AC of all places.

  • Ex-Jersey gal

    It’s Atlantic city, not surprised…

  • Ex-Jersey gal

    College students…