Saint John police are investigating the discovery of a body in Saint John Harbour on Monday morning.

The body is that of a female of unknown age at this time, said Sgt. Jay Henderson.

It has been taken to the Saint John Regional Hospital where an autopsy will be performed to determine the identity and cause of death, he said.

The body was found by fishermen at Long Wharf at about 8:47 a.m.

It was wedged between the cement wharf and a floating dock.

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Police and other workers recovered a body in Saint John Harbour. (Bobbi-Jean MacKinnon/CBC)

Emergency crews were at the scene until shortly after 11 a.m. to recover the body.

They were wearing white hazardous materials suits, medical masks and lifejackets.

A fire truck ladder bucket lowered a body basket attached to rope to the floating dock below.

The workers then set up a large blue tarp to block the view of onlookers, who walked down to the area.

The body, which was wrapped in white plastic, was hauled up to a waiting stretcher.

The Saint John Police Force's major crime unit is handling the investigation.