“Mermaids: The Body Found,” aired Sunday on Discovery Channel, has caused so much buzz that a U.S. government agency had to clarify the truth.
Created and written by Charlie Foley, the film followed two "scientists" who revealed details of a supposed secret government investigation that claims to have proof of mermaid existence, The International Business Times reported.
The scientists gave clues such as a photo of a "mermaid" body taken by two in Washington State, as well as some body remains found inside a shark in South Africa.
A scene in the two-hour special program showed a boy discovering a body of mermaid-like creature, which, unfortunately, turned out to be quite far from the fairy-tale-like image we would normally imagine.
"What if there's a kernel of truth behind the legend of this mythic creature?” Discovery stated in describing the show.
“Is the idea of mermaids really so far-fetched? Maybe so, maybe not. The show itself, though science fiction, is based on some real events and scientific theory."
Though the program broadcast on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet network was introduced as a well-woven fiction, it caused confusion thanks to its claim of being “be based on some real events,” and its documentary style of filming.
It used actual CGI images to show a preview of what a mermaid might look like if it existed.
Speculations around the discovery of mermaids caused so much confusion that the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Agency made an unusual response in regards to the discovery of mermaid bodies. On its website “Ocean Facts,” NOAA declared that there is no such evidence that the half-human, half-fish creatures have been discovered.
“Are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” NOAA wrote.
“Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.”
"Blame the Animal Planet special Mermaids: The Body Found," the NOAA added.
The post was written from publicly available sources because "we don't have a mermaid science programme", National Ocean Service spokeswoman Carol Kavanagh told the BBC.
“Mermaids: The Body Found” was originally aired in May 2012 as part of the network's Monster Week series.
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