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Dead Basking Shark Washes Up On Rhode Island Beach (PHOTO)

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DEAD BASKING SHARK RHODE ISLAND
This photo provided by the Mystic Aquarium shows a 28-foot-long dead basking shark which was found washed ashore on a Rhode Island beach, Sunday, April 28, 2013. The Day of New London (Conn.) reports that a homeowner in the Misquamicut beach area of Westerly reported the shark to police on Sunday morning. (AP Photo/Mystic Aquarium) | AP
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WESTERLY, R.I. -- A 28-foot-long dead basking shark has washed ashore on a Rhode Island beach.

The Day of New London (Conn.) reports that a homeowner in the Misquamicut (mis-KWA'-mih-cut) beach area of Westerly reported the shark to police on Sunday morning.

Biologists with the Northeast Fisheries Science Center are expected to perform a necropsy to determine the cause of death.

The shark has been attracting curious onlookers who have stopped to take photos and touch it.

According to Mystic Aquarium, which sent staff members to the scene, basking sharks are giant migratory fish that feed on nothing but plankton. They are common in New England waters.

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