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Monument honors victims of 'octopus attack'


Posted on Monday, 3 October, 2016 | Comment icon 7 comments

We're pretty sure this didn't actually happen. Image Credit: Mary Evans Picture Library/Alamy
Remember that time a giant octopus dragged a ferry to its doom off Staten Island ? No, neither do we.
Created by artist Joseph Reginella, the cast-bronze sculpture, which is apparently intended to honor the people who died when a massive cephalopod attacked a steam ferry in 1963, can be found in Battery Park at the southern tip of Manhattan alongside a number of war memorials.

Far from being a genuine mark of remembrance however, this 250lb monument is actually part of an elaborate hoax which also includes a fake website, a fake TV documentary and even fake flyers promoting the Staten Island Ferry Disaster Memorial Museum (which doesn't actually exist either.)


According to Reginella, the idea for the hoax, which he describes as "a multimedia art project and social experience," came to him when he was accompanying his nephew on the ferry one day.

"He was asking me all kinds of crazy questions, like if the waters were shark-infested," he said. "I said 'No, but you know what did happen in the 60s? One of these boats got pulled down by a giant octopus.' The story just rolled off the top of my head."

The faux monument has so far managed to confuse more than a few people and has even succeeded in leading some to believe that the giant octopus attack actually took place.

"It's definitely an experience when you see people who don't know about it," said Reginella. "They get this strange look on their face, they stare out at the water and walk away."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (7)

Tags: Octopus, New York

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by MissJatti on 3 October, 2016, 17:17
It could of been Helen the Hatopus
Comment icon #2 Posted by Parsec on 3 October, 2016, 20:32
That's meta cool! 
Comment icon #3 Posted by oneshot_me on 4 October, 2016, 1:01
Well it's not hard to to get people on that hoax. Only because they knew how most people were very superstitious back then. It's not that we believe it happened but know they did 100%. We know it never happened!! But know most of them really believed that it was happening back then!!!
Comment icon #4 Posted by KevinCthulhu on 4 October, 2016, 16:34
Giant octopi live in the Bahamas not off New York as we all know, see the Lusca.
Comment icon #5 Posted by paperdyer on 6 October, 2016, 0:42
It was a Kracken.  They can live anywhere they want with climate change going on.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Parsec on 10 October, 2016, 21:35
And besides, probably it was simply on vacation and wanted to grab a snack. 
Comment icon #7 Posted by South Alabam on 12 October, 2016, 0:56
Those poor people!


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