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Skegness sea monster revealed as a hoax

Video of a monster seen in the sea at Skegness has attracted over 1m views on YouTube.

The creature, similar in appearance to the Loch Ness Monster, was spotted last August and has gradually become a worldwide sensation.

Alas, we found out this week that the whole thing was a hoax (not a great surprise really) set up by James May and his team for BBC programme James May’s Man Lab.

The idea behind the project was to create a monster sensation that would put Skegness back in the spotlight.

The British seaside town has seen a drop in the number of tourists in recent years, probably due to the weather and the economic climate. But James May wanted to give it a new attraction that would make it as popular as Loch Ness, in Scotland.

He said on the programme: “We’ve come up with a simple plan for instant economic recovery, something to bring the tourist money flooding back in. We’re going to give Skegness its own monster.”

The team took its steel and camouflage monster, known as Susan, out into the sea off the beach off Skegness for divers to move through the water.

One video was taken of the creature and put on YouTube and people loved it. Many comments have been made about the shape in the water and an ice cream seller in the town has reported an increase in trade.

Part of Susan was lost at sea during the project and has never been found, so maybe it will still attract tourists looking for the steel creature.

I was quite disappointed to find out it was all a hoax. Please tell me Nessie is still real.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b01s5c3s/James_Mays_Man_Lab_Series_3_Episode_5/

 

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