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Dead shark found in Queens-bound subway car

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A dead shark was found riding in a subway car ear Wednesday, coincidentally right when "Shark Week" is underway on the Discovery Channel.

Several subway riders spotted a dead shark in a car on an N train heading from Manhattan to Queens early Wednesday. Some posted photos of the carcass. Gothamist posted several of these photos, including some showing the shark with a cigarette in its mouth and a Red Bull can nearby.

The conductor closed off the car after asking passengers to leave when the train pulled into Queensboro Plaza, the MTA said. Then when the train reached the end of the line at Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria, a train supervisor placed the shark in a garbage bag and put it in the trash, the AP reported.

The MTA said it had "better things to do" than track down the persons who posted the images.

The Discovery Channel issued a statement saying it had nothing to do with the shark.

Its programs are "all 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," a spokeswoman said, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press and WNYW

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