Heading down the Hudson river

Heads up! Sometimes you find the darndest things floating by…

Mysterious Hudson River giant head found by Marist crew.

Marist crew coach Matt Lavin was on the Hudson River with his team a few minutes after sunrise Tuesday when he saw an indistinct shape bobbing on the surface of the water.

As the rowers got closer, they realized they were looking at a Styrofoam rendering of a head, cased in Fiberglas and made to look like a stone statue in the style of ancient Greece or Rome.

While it was clear the head wasn’t of ancient provenance, its origins are a mystery. Lavin said he thinks it was floating downriver, and there’s no indication the head was spotted south of Poughkeepsie.

But the Hudson River is a tidal estuary, famously named by Native Americans as “the river that flows both ways” with tidal forces pushing saltwater north from the Atlantic and a current from the river’s source flowing downriver to the south. That means it’s possible the head could have come from either direction.

Their main theory so far is that the head is part of some decoration from a theater group. Reddit users are also speculating on the head’s origin but (unlike the head) nothing has surfaced yet.

Photo credit: Matt Lavin

Photo credit: Matt Lavin

  4 comments for “Heading down the Hudson river

  1. Chew
    April 25, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    “Reddit users are also speculating ”

    Did anybody else get a chill down their spines when they read that?

  2. Russell G.
    April 25, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    For what it’s worth, I think the “SCP Foundation” has a story about an object that’s similar to this…

  3. Brewhogg
    April 26, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    It is obvious this is part of a statue from Atlantis.

  4. April 26, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    I was so glad you included this! I often find very odd things when I am kayaking. Sadly, the things found tend to be bloated dead animals, which form a seemingly perfect sphere when they bloat in the water. They bob around rather nicely but DO NOT TAP WITH YOUR KAYAK PADDLE. The resulting explosion is rather loud, but you don’t notice because of the smell and dead cat guts now adorning your face. I would love to find a giant head.

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