After a shocking video of a man appearing to attack an unsuspecting stingray on an Australian beach went viral over the weekend, the man in the video has come forward to tell the real version of the story.
In the grainy footage, a swimmer appears to pounce on an enormous stingray, who quickly retaliates and charges at him. But new reports suggest the man's supposed encounter with the very ticked off sea monster was, in fact, a very clever hoax instead.
After the video went viral, the man (who chose to remain anonymous), contacted Australia's Gold Coast Bulletin to give his version of the events. He claims that while taking a swim near Sea World in Queensland with his daughter, he noticed that the shadow of her kite on the water looked like an enormous stingray.
As a joke, he sent the footage to a few friends, who uploaded the video to Youtube, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
Even Gold Coast marine experts believed that the video captured an agitated stingray giving a swimmer the message to "back off," the Gold Coast Bulletin reports.
The footage ended up sparking a flurry of negative attention from animal cruelty activists, which finally prompted the man to come forward, albeit with a snarky response.
"No kites were harmed in the making of the video," he told the Bulletin.
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