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Crabs covering floor of New York subway car a smelly mystery

By Ben Hooper
Mysterious crabs cover the floor of a New York subway car. Screenshot: Storyful
Mysterious crabs cover the floor of a New York subway car. Screenshot: Storyful

NEW YORK, July 11 (UPI) -- At least 50 live crabs were found in an empty New York subway car -- but the origins of the crustaceans and the reason for their abandonment were a mystery.

Brian Slepian, 24, said he and other passengers boarded the train about 10:45 p.m. July 2 at 45th Street and were surprised to find the floor covered in crabs.

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A video Slepian recorded at the scene shows another passenger throwing water on the crabs.

"The guy throwing the water told me it must have been a prank against him since he was a Cancer and that it must have been done by a Scorpio (he did not know that I was a Scorpio). As if that train ride could have been any weirder," Slepian told Gothamist.

Other subway riders said the crabs were still in the train around midnight.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has yet to comment on the discovery.

Experts said the crabs appear to be either spider crabs, which are not generally eaten by humans, or mitten crabs, which can be purchased for food in Chinatown.

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