Around midnight Wednesday, a small dead shark was spotted on a Queens-bound N train.
"I board a car that's not terribly full and as soon as I enter, a stench hits my nose. It's not the typical urine/trash smell, it's...fishy? I look down to the end of the car to see a dead shark on the floor," said Mary, who boarded the train at 34th Street.
"I think I stood there for a good minute just staring, thinking 'Is this for real?! Oh come ON, NYC!'"
A sharknado of pictures and speculation swirling around the discarded subway shark have since followed as people try to figure out who might have left it there.
Since it occurred in the middle of Shark Week, several people have pointed to the Discovery Channel as the culprit. The network has said it is in no way associated with the carnivorous cadaver.
“Shark Week is all about conservation, so it deeply saddens us that someone would think that this was funny or in any way connected to our celebration of sharks," said spokeswoman Laurie Goldberg.
The shark had blood on its mouth from a hook, like it was recently caught. New Yorkers have pointed to vendors selling baby sand sharks out of buckets in the subway itself, or the catch-of-the-day of someone returning from Coney Island.
Metro Transit Association officials were not able to "determine the shark's origin," said MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz. They were able to confirm that the shark was real, though, and that the conductor had disposed of it. At the end of the line, the car underwent a thorough cleaning.
Its origin will remain a mystery, as MTA said it has no plans to further investigate how the shark got on the subway.
"Either way, it was a pretty crazy experience and as usual New Yorkers, like myself, are wise guys so we added a MetroCard under its fin, just in case it needed to transfer," said Juan Cano, who boarded the train just after midnight.
"I do think it's disrespectful to do certain things to dead shark corpses. But adding a MetroCard under its fin is not disrespectful."
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