Dead Shark Washes Up on Suburban NY Beach

A 20-foot-long basking shark that appears to have died from some kind of illness has washed ashore on a Long Island beach.

New York State Parks official George Gorman said Tuesday that researchers will examine the shark to determine a cause of death.

After that, it will be buried in nearby sand dunes on the beach.

The basking shark, which are a common sight in the waters off Long Island, washed ashore on a town beach a few miles east of Jones Beach. Basking sharks are not considered dangerous. They eat plankton.

Tracy Marcus of Cornell Cooperative Extension says the shark weighs about a ton. She says it is unusual for an ailing basking shark to come ashore. Usually they die in the ocean.

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