Mystery of the Week: Dead Shark Found on NYC Subway

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Anyone who has ridden the New York subway knows that pretty much anything can happen down there - fights, marriage proposals, mad naked people chasing other riders etc etc. But finding a dead shark? Even for New York City, it's a bit extreme. But that's exactly what happened this morning on a train bound for Queens. From Gothamist:

Early this morning a small, dead shark was spotted on the Queens-bound N train. [Please point out in the comments how it's currently Shark Week it'll be just hilarious.] Tipster Mary M. sent us some photos, noting that the shark was there when she got on at 34th Street just after midnight.

"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!' One of my fellow passengers remarked 'I've been riding the subway for 15 years, and this is the weirdest thing I've seen. And I've seen EVERYTHING.' The train filled as we made our way to Astoria, every new passenger was getting excited about it. Once we got to Queensboro Plaza, an MTA employee made all of us move to another car."

What's next? Elephants giving birth? Extinct dinosaurs founding living under the seats?