VSPC’s April Fool’s Ploy Makes Worldwide Splash

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (April 2, 2014) - People around the world got wind of Visit St. Pete/Clearwater's first-ever April Fool's creation, the "manaphin," as word quickly spread through major news outlets Tuesday about the "rare marine mammal" spotted off the coast of St. Pete/Clearwater.

The April Fool's release was hailed by Yahoo! and ABC News as one of the top pranks in the world, appearing in best-of lists that included entries from some of the planet's best-known brands---including Google, Netflix, YouTube and Virgin Atlantic.