26-Foot Beached Shark

AshoreSharkA shark weighing more than 5,000 pounds washed onto a beach in Long Island, N.Y., this week. The 26-foot fish, a male basking shark, died shortly after arriving ashore. Authorities say the shark was most likely suffering from an illness.

Basking sharks can reach lengths up to 35 feet. They are the second-largest ocean fish, behind only the whale shark.

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