Gothamist A reader sent along this picture, taken on April 16th, showing what looks an awful lot like a shark fin. He told us, “The thing was huge, at least two feet long… it just kept circling.” We’ve contacted the the Central Park Conservancy, the Parks Department, the DEP, and your nephew to see if this was just his remote control shark toy, and will update if we hear back from anyone with some answers.
UPDATE, 9:23 a.m.: A rep for the CPC says, “I witnessed the same thing on April 30th. It’s likely that those fins belong to large carp (at least two feet in length). This time of year, you’ll see a lot of carp activity at the surface of the Meer.”
Last week we found out that the invasive and dangerous Northern Snakehead had been spotted in the Harlem Meer (which is Dutch for “lake”) in Central Park, and now it looks like there is a small shark cruising around the Meer. According to Wikipedia the Meer is ” a semi-brackish, partly tidal wetland, which drained slowly into the East River” so while most sharks could not survive in the brackish water, a small bull shark could. They have been found as far north as Illinois in the Mississippi River. The question then becomes “how would a small bull shark get into the Meer?” How did a Northern Snakehead, which is native to China and Russia, get into the Meer? Simple. I think that a pet owner or a dealer who specializes in dangerous exotic fish may have become unable to care for the animals, due to their size and needs, and dumped them into the Harlem Meer. Just speculation, but it happens all of the time, look at the python or monitor lizard situation in Florida. (click the invasive species tag for more on that).
P.S. That is not a carp. Anyone who had fished knows that’s not a carp dorsal fin. Stop it dude. Carp have a long, sail-like dorsal fin, check the pic: