Mermaid body found? That was the theme of a science fiction program that aired on Animal Planet, which is part of the Discovery Channel family of programming. Mermaids: The Body Found was a fictional account detailing the discovery of a mermaid body that was filmed documentary style, much like The Blair Witch Project.
Unfortunately, many people misunderstood the film’s intent and believed that a mermaid body had actually been found. Mermaids: The Body Found clearly stated that it was science fiction, not fact. However, the film claimed to “be based on some real events,” and that statement helped perpetuate the confusion.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued a statement to clear up any confusion. NOAA clarified that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” thus refuting the belief that mermaids are real.
According to fishnewseu.com, NOAA has released statements about other unexplained phenomena in the past including the Bermuda Triangle and the Lost City of Atlantis. Now, the belief that a mermaid body was found joins those two mysteries as nothing more than a misunderstanding.
Mermaids: The Body Found last aired on Sunday, July 15, 2012.