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.
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.
Tip: Hayley Stevens