The spectacle proved highly convincing. Image Credit: YouTube / John Tombe
A strange luminescent creature watched by crowds of people at Bristol harbor has turned out to be a hoax.
Footage of the spectacle emerged earlier this week and generated significant interest online. The video shows members of the public flocking around the edge of the harbor to view and photograph the 'creature' which resembled a large luminescent jellyfish or squid.
The truth was finally revealed today however when it was announced that the whole thing was nothing more than an elaborate PR stunt for the TV channel "Watch" that is attempting to promote a new TV series called "The Happenings" from the producers of Derren Brown.
"In The Happenings magicians Barry and Stuart use techniques of illusion to bring incredible movie-like experiences to British and American towns," said the channel's general manager Steve Hornsey.
The revelation came as a bit of a let down to those who were hoping that the spectacle had been something genuinely unexplained, with theories ranging from a totally new species of deep sea creature to aquatic extraterrestrials like those from hit movie "The Abyss".