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Anybody missing a giant head? College crew team found one floating in river

Matthew Lavian / Marist College via AP

A giant foam head floats on the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Monday, April 22.

A huge foam and fiberglass head was discovered floating in New York's Hudson River by a college crew team earlier this week, and days later nobody knows where it came from.

The head, which is at least 7 feet tall and 5 feet wide, was found Monday morning by the Marist College men's crew team. 

"The coach, who is in a motorboat, took a quick spin out and investigated it, and was as baffled as anyone by what he saw," said Greg Cannon, spokesman for Marist College. "But because it was a navigation hazard, he felt it was his duty to haul it in. It took about 10 members of his team to haul it in." 

Because it was waterlogged, it weighed "at least a couple hundred pounds," he said. The head -- which has a foam core but is covered in a fiberglass shell and has metal rods in it -- has had a home in front of the Marist boathouse since it was dragged from the water.

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Members of the Marist college crew team stand by a giant foam head found floating in the Hudson River in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., on Monday, April 22.

It's attracted lots of visitors and theories as to where it came from, including one suggestion that it came from a Mardi Gras parade and floated to Marist, which is located in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., overlooking the Hudson. But there have been no claims of ownership.

"It's not like someone just built it as a hobby, I don't think. It was definitely for an art installation, or a theater project," Cannon said.

The head, which has a gray shell and fleshy tones underneath, is missing some chunks, including its nose.

"It's kind of like a lost puppy," Cannon said. "If the owner shows up, we'll certainly return it, but I think the people will be sad to see it go."