Susan the Skegness Sea Monster is hoax for publicity

I can’t find that we did this story or showed the video last summer. I don’t think I was too impressed. It was assumed to be a real animal offshore, like a basking shark. But, it turns out it was a hoax for, guess what? Publicity and tourism. A common theme we come across.

Skegness Sea Monster revealed to be BBC hoax named ‘Susan’ for Top Gear presenter James May’s Man Lab series – Local – Skegness Standard.

The mystery of the Skegness Sea Monster has been solved – after Top Gear presenter James May’s BBC2 show Man Lab last night revealed it had perpetrated the hoax.

In an extended tongue-in-cheek segment on the show’s series finale on Thursday, producers revealed how they had faked the sighting in a bid to boost the resort’s economy by giving it a monster to rival Loch Ness’ Nessie.

The video of the ‘monster’, which James May christened Susan, was hastily filmed by a member of the beach crew.

The video seen here is not much to go on but people loved it, with over a million views from those trying to figure out what it could be.

Many MANY stories abound about boosting tourism. We got criticized for the last story we posted about hauntings that seemed to be a tourism ploy. This happens ALL THE TIME. And it works. Is there harm? Well, it leads to unreasonable expectations and borders on fraud when the the perpetrators KNOW a few stories does not a monster make. But, I liked this story because it was revealed. Hopefully it reminds people that hoaxes ARE a possibility that can never be discounted, they must be considered. It happens so often. Real sea monsters and ghosts? Not so much.

Still from video, seen "swimming" offshore

Still from video, seen “swimming” offshore

Tip: Hayley Stevens

  5 comments for “Susan the Skegness Sea Monster is hoax for publicity

  1. April 27, 2013 at 6:43 PM

    I would say, if someone died while out hunting for this monster, it would not be so funny. I know of several cases where ghost hunters have damaged property or had minor injuries. So happy they came out it is a hoax, but also hoaxes can be dangerous.

  2. April 28, 2013 at 3:11 AM

    Almost everything in life is an illusion, this is just a very minor one.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    April 28, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    Any bets on whether there will still be someone out there claiming this is real?

  4. Brandon
    April 28, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    At least several people have died or suffered major injuries while ghost hunting. Here is a Ben Radford article mentioning several such incidents:

  5. RayG
    April 29, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    When it originally came out, I’m surprised it wasn’t spotted as a fake/hoax right away. IF you watch it carefully- the item doesn’t move in sync with the camera movement. As the camera pans, the object stays in the same relative spot on the frame, then kind of eases over to where it should be. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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