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Dead southern right whale excites scientists

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A rare southern right whale covered in what appear to be shark bites has washed up on an Australian beach, exciting scientists who Thursday said it will help boost knowledge of the species. 

A ranger stands near a rare southern right whale washed up on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula in this Department of Environment, Water and Natural resources photo, August 1, 2013. Southern right whale numbers were devastated during whale hunts off Australia during the 19th century but have gradually recovered with around 10,000 believed to be spread across the southern hemisphere.

The carcass, estimated at 12 metres (39 feet) long and weighing up to 50 tonnes, came ashore on the Eyre Peninsula in South Australia, an area known for great white sharks.

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