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28-Foot Basking Shark Washes Ashore At Misquamicut Beach

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This basking shark washed ashore at Misquamicut Beach in Rhode Island Sunday. (Mystic Aquarium)

A 28-foot long dead basking shark washed ashore at Misquamicut beach in Rhode Island Sunday.

Basking sharks, common in New England waters, are a migratory species common from Canada to Florida, according to Mystic Aquarium. They are filter-feeders and not harmful to humans.

NOAA’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center is performing necropsy on the shark, which is believed to have died of natural causes and washed ashore.

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