Solved! The Great Mystery of the NYC Subway Shark

Some thought it was a stunt, others were turned off by the smell. Finally, an explanation for the dead fish discovered on the N train earlier this week

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The timing was almost too perfect: smack in the middle of the Discovery Channel’s beloved Shark Week, a dead shark was found aboard a New York City subway car. Passengers took photos with the corpse, even propping cigarettes in its mouth and a MetroCard by its side. The Internet got its first glimpse of the inexplicable Subway rider when NYU student Brandon Sanchez posted the following photo on Instagram:

Pretty bizarre, right? Well, it seems we’ve now got an answer. As the New York Post reports, a few kids first found the shark while taking a swim at Brooklyn’s Coney Island. It got passed around and eventually ended up beside a roller-coaster, where 31-year-old Chris Landros found it, deemed it beautiful and decided to take it home with him. But he ended up leaving it on the subway for other passengers to enjoy, he told the New York Post. When Alicia Vicino — the mother of the children who first found the creature at the beach — saw images posted online, she confirmed that it was indeed the same shark.

Okay, so the mystery is mostly solved. It’s still unclear why the man thought it would be a good idea to leave the dead creature resting on the floor of a subway car. But hey — sometimes we all make impulsive decisions. After all, it’s important to remember: live every week like it’s shark week.

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25 comments
tmqharley
tmqharley

i think a few of you posters should chill out - it didn't hurt anyone - it was a gag - get it - a gag.  do you not have any sense of humor left in your miserable lives?  now, THAT'S sad.  and for those who asked - "how would you feel if somebody passed your dead body around?"  you not only need to chill out, you need rethink how stupid that sounds.  a dead body feeling bad because somebody is passing it around !   that really tales some whacko thinking on your part.  go have a drink.

nymetro
nymetro

I don't know what's more amazing -- the fact that there's a dead shark on the floor of the N Train, or how clean & shiny the subway car is!

UleNotknow
UleNotknow

Nah - it was a hit by the Jets and they stashed the stiff  on the El.

JohnMcFadden
JohnMcFadden

What is so "enjoyable" about passing around or being in the company of a dead baby shark. This is either bad taste 'tongue in cheek" writing or laughable journalism. Either way: thumbs down Time. What happened to this great "magazine"? The standards for online writing continue to sink to a new low...

huskysmith1981
huskysmith1981

wonder how that guy who found the shark and left it on the subway would feel if someone took his body and left it somewhere where people could stick things in his mouth and take pictures of

MithuSengupta
MithuSengupta

Shows how ignorant the Times are and how much of cruelty can there be in some stupid NYorkers.... hope they all rot soon in their subways.....poor creature....but it rends my heart to see it abused n killed by some nuts.....freakin' human

JessicaMarr
JessicaMarr

Stupid simplification. Shame on you, Time, for this sad excuse for news reporting. Grow some fins and teeth....in addition to adequate writing skills. Unsubscribed.

mkspkong
mkspkong

It's not even funny! Do you have your corpse to pass around like this? cruelty! 


BrettParnell
BrettParnell

Should have taken it to Canal St. and got a pay day.

yodadog
yodadog

Oh please-Bloomberg will ban sharks as subway passengers!

perisoft
perisoft

@JohnMcFadden The 'enjoy' bit was a quote from the shark-leaver, not macabre op-ed on the reporter's part. The trailing, "...he told the New York Post" is the clue there.

The standards for online reading continue to sink to a new low...

Unlo4
Unlo4

@JohnMcFadden When you're a kid and you've never seen or held a real shark before, it's a novelty.

abneely
abneely

@MithuSengupta dude, the kids said it was dead when they found it. Where did you come up with humans killed it?

OneVoiceOfReason
OneVoiceOfReason

@abneely @mkspkong Really? "you can't be cruel to dead things cause they're dead."?  Google Mogadishu and let me know if you still feel the same after.  Something does not have to be human to be deserving of humanity.

JulineRodrigues
JulineRodrigues

@AngelAlcorn @hotincleveland In commun sense, sharks are fishes. But in science it's wrong. Because "fish", is a group what designes a lot of animals without a commun ancestor. What is fudamental to design biological groups.