A dead shark was found on a subway on the Queens-bound N train just after midnight Wednesday, New York subway officials confirmed.
"The conductor on this N train reported the shark to the control center at 12:34 a.m.," MTA officials told Gothamist.com.
"The conductor moved everyone out of the car at Queensboro Plaza, and when the train arrived at the end of the line at Ditmars Boulevard, a Train Service Supervisor placed the dead shark in a garbage bag and disposed of it in the trash. The Road Car Inspector at Ditmars made sure the car was clean and returned it to normal service."
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But before the shark was taken away, passengers made light of the situation. One subway rider posed with the shark, which had a cigarette in its mouth, and a can of Red Bull and MetroCard nearby.
"I saw the shark when I boarded the Queens bound N train at Union Square at exactly 12:02 a.m.," Juan D. Cano told Gothamist, describing the sighting as "pretty crazy," even by New York standards. "It was upside down when I got on and I turned it around thinking, 'This can't be real.' I was wrong. The shark was about 1.5 feet long, it looked like it was only a few hours dead."
Theorizing the dead shark could have been a marketing ploy, Cano added, "It's Shark Week and this is a DISGUSTINGLY TERRIBLE BUT GOOD promotion from Discovery Channel."
The Discovery Channel kicked off its 26th annual Shark Week programming on Sunday, with new features that include a late-night shark talk show.
Additionally, Syfy Channel's B-movie "Sharknado," about a waterspout that lifts sharks out of the ocean and deposits them in Los Angeles
, had a cult following when it came out earlier this year.
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