Reader Sam Basta, Jr. sent us this story from yesterday that I dropped in the remains of the day because I couldn’t think of what to say about it except, “Did someone drop the shark?”
Commuters encountered an unexpected passenger when they boarded a New York City subway train early Wednesday: a shark.
A still wet 1-and-a-half foot shark carcass was discovered on the floor of a subway car at around midnight in downtown Manhattan.
“I thought it was just a plush toy or a prank,” passenger Juan Cano told CNN. “When I saw the teeth that’s I knew it was real, it was no toy.”
The shark, described as weighing between five to 10 pounds, was discovered near a row of seats by passengers on the Queens-bound N train at the 14th Street stop.
It appeared to have been caught by a fishing line. Transit officials have no idea how it got there. Some people wonder if it’s a prank for Discovery’s Shark Week. They deny involvement. This truly was the week of the shark.
UPDATE (9-Aug-2013): Some kids found the shark on a Coney Island beach. It was then taken by others and finally by a man who gave it a ride. It was already dead.
Brooklyn mom solves shark train mystery by revealing kids found it at Coney Island – NYPOST.com.
The fare-beating fish whose rotting corpse rode the rails from Coney Island to Queens Tuesday washed up on the beach that day and was eventually taken on the N-train by a Brooklyn man who found it lying next to the Cyclone roller coaster.
The 31-year-old Brooklyn man said that he thought the fish was such a fine specimen, he decided to take it home to study it.
He left it on the train on purpose. It was described as a female dogfish.