Huge shark washes up on Long Island beach

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A massive but harmless Basking shark washed up on the sands of Long Island’s Gilgo State Park in New York on Tuesday.

The toothless, 20-foot-long creature was first seen by surfers on a sandbar about 50-feet from shore. According to officials, the plankton eater likely died from some kind of illness because there were no outer abrasions on the fish, ruling out of the possibility of a boat strike.

Researchers would examine the shark to determine the cause of death. After that, the animal will be buried in sand dunes on the beach.

Basking sharks are the second largest shark after the whale shark. They are not a threat to humans because they feed on plankton and smaller fish.

You can view the picture of the toothless shark at WPIX.