Who Said That?
Florida's quote of the day
"This is marketing, this is what we do."
It was the perfect April Fool's Day prank for the age of the hashtag.
Visit St. Pete-Clearwater, the agency that markets the Pinellas beaches to the world, sent out a press release Tuesday at 6 a.m. claiming that "officials have confirmed the sighting of a rare marine mammal off the coast of St. Pete/Clearwater last week."
The creature was a "combination dolphin/manatee." Scientists had believed the "manaphin" to be "long-extinct." Long-extinct perhaps, but not unprepared. The mammal already had its own website: www.manaphin.com.
Some folks actually fell for it. An Orlando shock jock. A reporter from Chicago.
Tourism officials were playing more than a just a prank.
Read more at the Tampa Bay Times.