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Giant dead whale washes ashore in Massachusetts

A giant dead whale washed ashore in Duxbury, Massachusetts. (WBZ)

DUXBURY, MA (WGME) -- A giant dead whale washed ashore in Duxbury, Massachusetts.

Marine biologists from the New England Aquarium responded to investigate how it died.

Experts say it is a fin whale, which is the second largest whale species in the world.

This one is 50,000 pounds and 52-feet long.

One expert says this death is puzzling.

“There is an unusual mortality event currently ongoing with three of the large whale species, the right whale, humpbacks and minke whales. The fin is not part of that group. It's uncommon for them to strand up in this area,” Adam Kennedy, with New England Aquarium, said.

Crowds gathered as heavy machinery moved the animal. That section of the beach will stay closed while a necropsy is done.

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