LOOK: Huge, Rare Shark Washes Ashore

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
Data pix.

WESTERLY, Rhode Island (WFSB) -- People visiting Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, RI, saw something they least expected Sunday.

A 28 1/2-foot long male basking shark washed up onto shore.

According to the Associated Press, a homeowner in the Misquamicut Beach area made the shocking discovery and reported it to police.

Officials from Mystic Aquarium said staff members were sent to the beach to assist in investigating how the shark died.

Officials stressed that basking sharks are just giant fish that feed on nothing but plankton and are common in the New England area.

Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.