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
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)

(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.