A shark took a ride on a New York City subway, just after midnight on Wednesday morning. The strangely placed king of the ocean was spotted on a Queens-bound R train at 34th st., meaning that the shark likely boarded the subway somewhere around Union Square or a little north of there (or that Brooklyn folk just aren’t that impressed by a shark on the subway, and probably assumed it was headed toward Wall St.).
Someone going by Mary M. alerted the Gothamist to the subway shark invasion:
"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."
That means that Mary rode with the shark for six stops. No word yet on how the shark made it onto the subway in the first place, and whether this was a vigilante campaign for shark week.
After a few stops, the subway shark loosened up a little and enjoyed a red bull and a cigarette. The moment was caught on camera.