Identified as a basking shark, the creature is commonly found in the Atlantic ocean from Canada to Florida. It is a filter feeder that poses no threat to humans, said Laura Wandel, supervisor of fish and invertebrates at Mystic Aquarium.
A person walking along Misquamicut Beach in Westerly, R.I., spotted the shark and called authorities to report the discovery, the Hartford (Conn.) Courant reported.
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