Astoria resident Shawn Petcaugh, 24, told us he was waiting for a N/Q train at Queensboro Plaza around midnight while on his way home from the Mets game Saturday night when he came upon the crab car. “[Me] and a few nearby straphangers were disappointed to find that the subway car that stopped in front of us was completely empty,” he said. “We all figured it was a horrid smell, but when we started walking past the car to get to the next one. We looked in and spotted an extremely odd sight… about 50 dead crabs. How? Why?”
Why and how are both extremely reasonable questions to have in this situation, but no answers would be found on this night. “I was able to stop long enough to tell that none of them were moving,” he added. “I didn’t notify anyone [from the MTA] but the doors to that car didn’t even open when the train stopped, so I assumed one of the conductors had already been notified.” Or maybe the MTA was IN ON IT, and this was just native advertising for the horseshoe crab monitoring project?!?