Monday, January 10, 2011

Dead sharks on the sidewalk? What is going on in our neighborhood lately!?

In the past couple of weeks, readers and I have noticed a lot of things you don't see everyday on Columbia Heights sidewalks: a headless rooster, bent metal caused by a runaway car, wild animals for Three Kings' Day, Patron, paint-dripping graffiti, and more. But I think this is the weirdest yet.

A reader sent in two photos of dead sharks (or maybe some other kind of animal) that were spotted near the corner of Sherman and Harvard. They even kind of look like snakehead fish, the illegal, invasive "walking" fish that caused a stir in the DC area a few years ago, and even spawned (pun intended) a couple of movies.

But sharks? Why? Did somebody have pet sharks and want to get rid of them? So they just threw them on the side of the road? Maybe there was a fish tank that broke? Can you eat these? I don't know of any pet store nearby. So many unanswered questions.

What is going on in our neighborhood lately? It can be an unusual place sometimes with a lot of characters, but the amount of sidewalk stuff these past few weeks is surprising.

Readers, any possible explanations?

11 comments:

U streeter said...

It would be very sad, but I suspect someone had a pet that outgrew their tank. Could be an Asian seafood restaurant. These actually look like catfish, but I'd have to see a better photo.

erin said...

Definitely not sharks. Sharks have caudal (tail) and dorsal fins (think jaws). Those things have neither.

Andrew said...

Thanks erin. I figured they weren't, but I wasn't sure what else they were.

Mr.Larry said...

they look like some type of sucker-mouth catfish, that either got too large for a tank or a tank broke??

Anonymous said...

Yeah those are catfish

IsmeSon said...

I just don't understand why they did not bother to dispose of the fish properly?!

Anonymous said...

Dog crap left all over the place even in little blue bags is more a problem in terms of rats and the yuk factor than a few dead catfish per year will even be.

Not WJ

the gup said...

if they didn't ask if you wanted a candygram, they aren't sharks.

erin said...

Apparently these are still around. Prince of Petworth just picked up on it.
http://www.princeofpetworth.com/2011/01/what-the-helen-of-troy-is-this-51/

Troy said...

These are called axolotes or Mexican salamanders. They are a protected species in what remains of the lakes of Central Mexico (look under el Valle Anahuac and/or Tenochtitlan). In the US they are sold cavalierly in pet stores as oddities--they're very aggressive, cannibalistic, ravenously hungry all the time, with a craving for meat (frogs, fish, insects).

Nikki said...

So now these are either still around or more have appeared. I've been comparing this picture to the one I took this weekend and can't determine if it is the same set or not. I want to upload a picture but I'm not sure how to get it on here....