Published April 06, 2016
Only in New York.
Subway riders got a taste of Sharknado late yesterday when a dead shark was discovered riding to Queens on the N train.
NYU student Brandon Sanchez, 20, of Williamsburg said he and a friend made the fishy discovery when they boarded the N train at Canal Street yesterday about midnight.
“I walk in, and there’s a pretty big, three foot dead shark on the train, and it smells terrible!” said Sanchez. “We were pretty much in disbelief, and kept laughing. It was the craziest thing I’ve ever seen on the subway in New York!”
Sanchez quickly Instagrammed the carcass, and then bolted to another car. “It smelled like rotten fish,” he said.
He speculated that it may have been a prank because of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, which started on August 4.
An MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg said that the conductor reported that there was “a shark aboard the train” about 12:30 a.m. in one of the cars.
Lisberg couldn’t help but crack a joke about the agency's shark train experience.
"Live sharks are wrangled by Shark Maintainer IIs, who have passed the qualification test and have minimum three years in the Shark Maintainer I title,” said Lisberg. “Dead ones are handled by Shark Maintainer Is, or if none are available on that shift, then by Aquatic Mammal Handler IIs."