NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — One man claims he knows where the now infamous “subway shark” came from.
A man sent a message to the 1010 WINS Facebook page, claiming the shark washed up on shore earlier in the day at Coney Island.
“I was working that day and my neighbor decides to go to the beach with her family and invites my kids as well. While they were at Coney Island the little shark washes up right by where they were,” the user, named “Domenick,” wrote. “The life guard moves the shark and people ask him if they could take it, while others wanted to take pictures with it. Our neighbor and my kids took some pictures with it and then a guy took the shark with him.”
His neighbor told Gothamist she was “absolutely positive” the shark from the beach was the same one that ended up on the N train.
Some have wondered if the incident was a prank meant to coincide with the Discovery Channel’s “Shark Week,” but the cable station was quick to stop any rumors that there was a connection.
“Shark Week is 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,” the Discovery Channel said in a statement.
A few straphangers managed to snap photos of the shark before a conductor eventually threw the shark in the garbage.
Some photos supplied to Gothamist by a subway rider Juan D. Cano showed the dead shark turned right-side up, and dressed up with a MetroCard under one fin, a cigarette under its chin, and an open can of Red Bull at its side.
The shark also became the subject of a satirical Twitter account.
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