NYC Subway Passenger: Dead Shark

Another passes out outside a bar in Nantucket

By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 8, 2013 9:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – NYC subway riders got a taste—and smell—of what Shark Week is all about in the wee hours of yesterday morning when they found a dead shark riding the Queens-bound N train. The creature, described by CNN as 1.5 feet in length and no more than 10 pounds, apparently had a bloodied mouth, possibly indicating it was recently caught. Passengers reacted exactly as you might expect: They stuck a cigarette in its mouth, posed it next to a can of Red Bull and a MetroCard, and took a photo.

The MTA, which removed the shark (and disposed of it by putting it in a garbage bag and tossing it in the trash, WBAC reports), says it doesn't know how it got there. But one rep tweeted: "Latest on the shark on the N train: unconfirmed reports that the shark was headed home after a night of partying in Coney Island." And, bummer, the MTA says it won't be investigating any further. Surprisingly, this isn't the only mystery shark to recently pop up on dry land. Last week in Nantucket, a five-foot shark carcass was found outside a bar. "I have no idea how or why it got there," the owner told CNN.

The shark lounges underneath a subway seat while riding the N train.
The shark lounges underneath a subway seat while riding the N train.   (Instagram)
Passengers pose with the dead shark.
Passengers pose with the dead shark.   (Twitter)
Because we all know this shark had a tough day, passengers lent it a cigarette and gave it some Red Bull.
Because we all know this shark had a tough day, passengers lent it a cigarette and gave it some Red Bull.   (Twitter)
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