Dead shark found on NYC subway car

2013-08-08 10:45
New York - New York City's transit authority says a conductor found a small dead shark aboard a subway train in Queens on Wednesday.

The conductor asked passengers to leave the car and closed it off. The train continued to the end of the line, and then a supervisor placed the shark in a garbage bag and put it in the trash.

Photos on the blog Gothamist depict the shark on the subway. It appears to be about 1.2 meters long, has a cigarette in its mouth with a fare card and Red Bull can nearby.

Transit officials say they were aware of the photos but are making no effort to find the person who posted them. The transit authority says it has "better things to do."

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz told The Huffington Post, "Looks like a good promo for Shark Week on the Discovery Channel."

Time reports that the Discovery Channel, however, has denied that the incident had anything to do with its TV series. In an email to Metro, Laurie Goldberg, executive vice-president of PR for the Discovery Channel, wrote: "Shark Week is all about conservation, so it deeply saddens us that someone would think that this was funny or in any way connected to our celebration of sharks."

Before the shark was removed, some commuters added props before photographing the shark.

(Sean M. Viola via Twitter)

Of course it didn't take long for the unfortunate creature to reach meme status:

(Carrie Boo via Twitter)

The below Instagram photo could serve as a sort of before shot.

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