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Whale floating in Boston Harbor washes up on island

The finback whale that has been floating dead in Boston Harbor for several days washed ashore this morning on Rainsford Island, off the coast of Hull.

New England Aquarium veterinarians are en route to examine the animal, according to Tony LaCasse, an aquarium spokesman. They hope to do a necropsy to determine what killed the animal, but Rainsford Island, a small island between Long Island and Peddocks Island, does not have a dock, making logistics difficult when dealing with such a large creature.

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