In what could have been but totally isn’t a “Shark Week” prank, The Gothamist confirms that New York City subway workers did indeed remove and dispose of a small shark early on Wednesday. Riders on the train provided additional confirmation — and photos.
One rider, called Mary M. by The Gothamist, posted photos to Instagram and described the strange experience in detail:
“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. I think I stood there for a good minute just staring, thinking ‘Is this for real?! Oh come ON, NYC!'”
Neither Mary nor many of her fellow riders chose to leave the car until an employee moved them at the Queensboro Plaza station.
Another rider contacted The Gothamist with shark photos that added a few props.
Remember, it was late at night and in New York City, where people take incredibly weird stuff in stride.
It is not known how or why there was a shark left on a subway train. Since salespeople on New York beaches have been known to try to sell baby sand sharks out of buckets, that is a possibility. Alternatively, this could be a lost or discarded ingredient in an exotic recipe.
If nothing else, this story does lend some unexpected credence to the urban myth about alligators in the sewers.