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Hovercraft Landing Joins List Of Odd Videos Out Of Russia

Just another day at the beach in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

Just another day at the beach in Russia's Kaliningrad exclave.

At first glance, it looks like a clip from a Jerry Bruckheimer film -- fun to watch, but more likely the product of a Hollywood studio than a real-life Russian beach scene.

Or not.

A video showing all 500,000 kilograms of a military hovercraft beaching among Russian tourists is apparently authentic.

WATCH: Russian military hovercraft crashes the beach party.

Russian news reports say the amphibious ship, nicknamed "Bison," coasted ashore in a village in Kaliningrad, a Baltic Sea port lying between Poland and Lithuania.

According to the Russian daily "Komsomolskaya pravda," a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said the hovercraft was simply beaching in "wild waters."

"What people were doing on a beach in a region of military training is not clear," he added.

The hovercraft video is just the most recent in a growing list of rather odd user-generated videos from Russia that have come about largely thanks to the proliferation of dashboard cameras. Here are some highlights:

WATCH: The sudden tank crossing, in the working-class city of Nizhny Tagil

WATCH: The surprise air show by a Russian fighter jet, near the southern city of Volgograd

WATCH: The most nonchalant meteor sighting ever, in the city of Chelyabinsk

WATCH: The parasailing donkey, at a tourist resort near Krasnodar

-- Glenn Kates

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