Animal Planet is known for factual documentaries. However, their latest program titled “Mermaids: The Body Found” is a science docufiction that confuses some televiewers on the reality of mermaids. The said program, by the way, tells the story of a scientific team’s investigative efforts to uncover the source behind mysterious underwater recordings and an unidentified marine body.
According to Wikipedia, the plot of Animal Planet’s “Mermaids: The Body Found” goes:
Two former National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration scientists, after investigating mass stranding of whales, claim to have recorded mysterious underwater noises coming from an unknown source. This sound resembled a sound previously recorded in 1997, called the “bloop”. They recovered 30% of the remains of an unknown creature from inside a great white shark which was said to possess attributes of the human body. They alleged that the marine creature had hands, not fins, and the hip structure of an upright animal. These findings, along with many others led the team to determine that this unknown animal was very closely related to humans — a mermaid.
Due to the public’s misconception about the mythical creature, the the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a statement declaring that mermaids do not exist. This is to counterfeit what the Animal Planet’s program has conveyed to televiewers.
“Mermaids: The Body Found” features excellent CGI images that look like the real thing and that may be the cause of the problem. The network explained that the idea behind the program was to give viewers an idea of what mermaids would look like if they were real.
Just like the on the video below, mermaids are fictional character. Needless to say, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” was not inspired by true to live events.
Read Animal Planet’s press release about “Mermaids: The Body Found.”