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Great white shark washes up in New England

The carcass of a 6-1/2-foot female great white shark was found on a Nantucket, Mass., beach earlier this week, according to a local television report.

“Great whites are very uncommon in New England waters,” says Tony LaCasse of Boston’s New England Aquarium in the WCVB-TV report. “They have a very low population density compared to other areas of the world.”

It was the first great white to wash ashore in Massachusetts in more than 20 years, according to Lisa Capone, a spokeswoman for the state’s Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs. The Division of Marine Fisheries examined the shark Tuesday, and she will be dissected to determine the cause of death.

Last week, lifeguards on Martha's Vineyard reported a possible great white sighting; a second sighting turned out to be a hoax, according to the report.

— Elizabeth Ellis