(NEW YORK) — Yes, it’s Shark Week on the Discovery channel, but this is just a little too much.
Early Tuesday night in New York the conductor aboard a Ditmars-bound N train at Queensboro Plaza reported a shark aboard the train in car #8994, according to WABC. The shark was discovered by a subway passenger at the 8th street station in Greenwich Village. Isvett Verde said that she was only going one stop, so she decided to stay on the train.
“I boarded an empty car on the N train at the 8th Street stop and it smelled extremely fishy. I assumed that’s why it was empty, until I looked down and saw that poor strap-hanging dead shark,” Verde told WABC. “I mean, I thought I’d seen it all, but even that was a bit much. I have no idea how it got there or how long it had been there.”
Verde said that she took a photo of the shark, stayed on the train until it stopped at Union Square, then hopped out.
A Metropolitan Transit Authority supervisor confirmed to WABC that the shark was dead. It had been placed in a garbage bag and put in the trash. It is not clear how the shark got onto the subway car.
MTA spokesman joked about the sighting on Twitter on Wednesday.
“Latest on the shark on the N train: unconfirmed reports that the shark was headed home after a night of partying in Coney Island,” Kevin Ortiz tweeted.
Earlier, he tweeted “Yes, folks this morning we removed a shark from an N train at Ditmars Blvd … and no, we’re not investigating how it got there. :).”
Experts told WABC that they believe the shark is a smooth dogfish, which is a species of hound shark.
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