Possible Explanations for Why This Shark is Riding the Subway

Where does she store her MetroCard?

In case you missed it, a 1.5-foot (dead) shark was found yesterday on the Queens-bound N train in New York.

The shark’s arrival coincides suspiciously well with the middle of Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, but it seems less likely that placing a dead fish in a subway car is a guerilla advertising tactic, and more a case of “there are 8 million people in the city and one of them is probably some weirdo who left his dead shark on the train.”

Not surprisingly, some fearless New Yorkers didn't let a freaky thing like a dead shark on the subway keep them from having a little fun (as shown in the above photo, first published by The Gothamist.)

As far as the true reason this shark is on the subway, we’ll probably never know, but that won’t stop us from speculating wildly:

Reason #1: Hailing a cab from street level with a fin is impossible.

Reason #2: She was on her way back from an audition for Sharknado 2.

Reason #3: After her appearance on Shark Week she was hoping to get noticed and asked for an autograph.

Reason #4: She was the woman mentioned in this “Missed Connections” novella on Craigslist. 

Reason #5: She couldn’t cut it as a rickshaw driver. She just lacked the leg strength. Also the legs.

Reason #6: Dolphin Taxi Drivers won’t pick her up. It’s 2013 for crying out loud!

Reason #7:  She was picking up takeout from the East River. Sure, it tastes terrible, but the location is convenient.

Reason #8: She’s a tourist. Her cousin was going to pick her up from JFK, but she wanted to prove she knew how to be a real New Yorker.

Reason #9: She’s the baritone in a subway doo wop group. They do a mean version of “In The Still of The Night.”

Reason #10: There are 8 million people in the city and one of them is probably some weirdo who left his dead shark on the train. Probably.

Drew DiSabatino is a freelance writer for iVillage. Follow him on Twitter and Google+.

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