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BASKING SHARK WASHES ASHORE


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NEW YORK, NY – A 2,000 pound basking shark washed ashore on a Long Island beach yesterday!

The rare appearance of a beached basking shark shocked Long Island residents. But despite its 20-foot length and ton of mass, humans have nothing to fear. The basking shark primarily feeds off of plankton, which it catches in its gaping mouth.

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The shark was alive when it washed ashore at Gilgo State Park, but died shortly after. Officials were unsure how the shark died, but a necropsy will be performed on it today. It will then be buried in the sand.

Take a look at video footage of the beached shark, shot from a helicopter: