ASSATEAGUE ISLAND, Md. (WJZ) — Crews are working to remove the body of a humpback whale that was stranded along the Maryland coast last week.

The whale, which the state’s Department of Natural Resources said was a Gulf of Maine humpback whale named Pivot, was found stranded Thursday night.

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Officials are still working to determine what led to Pivot’s death, adding Tuesday the whale’s body was being removed from the surf.

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In a Facebook post, the Assateague Island National Seashore urged people not to go near it, adding whales can spread diseases to humans and pets.

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CBS Baltimore Staff