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Dead great white shark, 39 dolphins strand on Massachusetts coast

by Johnny Kelly

A dead great white shark and 39 dolphins were founded stranded on the Massachusetts coast over the weekend.

WCVB reported a fisherman discovered a 13-foot, 1,500 pound great white shark carcass on South Shore Beach in Westport, less than a half-mile from public beaches in Little Compton, R.I. on Saturday.

Little Compton officials closed Goosewing and South Shore beaches after the shark was found. Both beaches reopened Sunday and police sent out a patrol boat to watch for other sharks.

State biologist Greg Skomal performed a necropsy on the male shark and found no signs of trauma.

Scientists say it isn't unprecedented for the sharks to come up on land in that area.

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