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Basking Shark VIDEO: Huge Shark Washes Up On Long Island Shore

First Posted: 08/14/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:35 PM ET

An enormous basking shark washed up on the shores of Long Island, New York today, causing quite a stir at Gilgo State Park, which is only a few miles from the very popular Jones Beach. The shark measured 20 feet and weighed a ton, but despite its imposing appearance they are considered pretty harmless because they have tiny teeth and generally eat plankton.

They are also quite common off the shores of Long Island, although beach goers still expressed amazement at the sight of the fish.

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