Giant Shark Washes Up on RI Beach

Biologists to examine 28-foot basking shark

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 29, 2013 1:16 AM CDT | Updated Apr 29, 2013 4:31 AM CDT

(Newser) – The people of Misquamicut, Rhode Island, have been flocking to photograph a colossal sea creature that washed up on the beach yesterday. The 28-foot basking shark will be examined by shark biologists to determine the cause of death, the Day reports. The leviathan is a member of the second-biggest shark species, after the whale shark, but wouldn't have posed any risk to beachgoers when alive—basking sharks are filter feeders that live mostly off plankton.

This photo provided by the Mystic Aquarium shows a 28-foot-long dead basking shark which was found washed ashore in Rhode Island yesterday.   (AP Photo/Mystic Aquarium)
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