Published: Sep 02, 2010 7:56 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 02, 2010 4:56 PM EDT

DELRAY BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Authorities are questioning a man who was allegedly cutting off the tail of a whale on a South Florida beach.

It's unclear whether the man fished the whale out of the water Thursday morning and then began hacking into it or whether the whale was already dead.

Delray Beach Ocean Rescue official James Scala said he doesn't know what kind of whale it is, but said it's between 10 and 12-feet long.