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Dead whale lodges on harbor island

Sea may reclaim 55-foot finback

RAINSFORD ISLAND – The largest piece of floatsam in ­Boston Harbor, a 55-foot-long finback whale, came to rest Tuesday on a stretch of sharp, slippery rocks on the southwest corner of Rainsford Island, near the tip of Hull. This may or may not be the final resting place of the only whale to die in Boston Harbor in at least a generation or two.

Once there, with its first chance to dry out in the air, it did what dead whales do as well as anything – it let off a stink that could be bottled and used as a weapon.

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