ACADIA NATIONAL PARK — Officials say a section of a popular beach at Acadia National Park has been cordoned off while plans are made to remove the carcass of a dead minke whale.

Park Ranger Richard Rechholtz said the whale had been dead for some time when it washed ashore on Sand Beach around 11 a.m. Sunday.

He says the carcass had been reported floating off Jonesport in Washington County.

Rechholtz said an organization called Allied Whale is making plans to retrieve the carcass and possibly conduct a necropsy to determine how it died.

The Bangor Daily News says there are an estimated 185,000 minke whales in the North Atlantic Ocean. The species is not listed as endangered or threatened.