Dead basking shark washes ashore in RI

Bob Long

A 28-foot-long dead basking shark has washed ashore on a Rhode Island beach.

The carcass is on the beach between Westerly Town Beach and Weekapaug. The shark has been attracting curious onlookers who have stopped to take photos and touch it.

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

Westerly police, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, and the Mystic Aquarium all told NBC 10 that the shark is not their jurisdiction.

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.