Real Mermaids!

You had me going there, Animal Planet.

Though I have been boycotting Animal Planet ever since I witnessed a nauseatingly anti-choice ad on the channel, recently we had to cut most of our channels due to a lack of funds, so it’s one of the channels we now have left out of the science channels I enjoy. While flipping through the channels last night, we ran across a program called Mermaids: A Body Found.

And let me tell you, folks, I went through some crazy emotions in fifteen minutes.

“There’s no way,” I scoffed at first. Yes, I’m very much into cryptozoology, and I’ll entertain the ideas of Bigfoot and Nessie—but a freakin’ mermaid? No way. That’s too unicorn-y for me. If it’s not dangerous, then why wouldn’t we already have caught one, after all?

Then these official-sounding scientists started reciting some information that I knew to be true—the story of unidentified noises made in the ocean called bloops, which sound like the noises whales or dolphins make but much more intricate. They also mentioned all the whale beaching we all know about, which may end up being the fault of the Navy—and if they are, I want them prosecuted for all of these deaths. I really, really do. And for about two minutes, I considered that something crazy incredible was going on here—that we would get to see a real body, unveiled for the first time, which is why the major news outlets hadn’t covered it yet.

But these scientists were way too well-rehearsed; there was no stuttering nor any long-winded explanations that you get when it’s a real documentary. I’m not a scientist, but I’m a blogger and a researcher, so you can bet I was looking this stuff up within five minutes. Not only is the show largely science fiction (the bloop recording and the whale beaching were the only true parts, it seems); the very “doctors” interviewed were actors, too.

I love conspiracy theories, Animal Planet, but I want them presented as such—not as facts in a pseudo documentary! Documentaries should be completely true—and anything aired on a science channel that’s not should be clearly labeled as such. When you speculate about something, you disclose it; you did that so well in one of my favorite specials, The Future is Wild. It was a bunch of theories without a lot of proof—which is what this “body found” deal really is.  

You know, this could have been a really cool show if you’d done it like that. But as a pseudo documentary, it sucked; it was lazy storytelling on your part. Who wants to watch a fake documentary?

So was there really a body found? Who the hell knows? What I know is that I’m tired of these “gotcha!” specials. I’ll still watch it if you tell me it’s a bunch of theories; just don’t blend it together as if it’s all completely true. If you want to see something really cool that’s actually real, check this out.


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jolynda grove's picture

jolynda grove

I love mermaids and i really want to get a book all about all the mermaids that ever lived on EARTH and i would love to get a encyclopedia all about MERMAIDS!!! I LOVE MERMAIDS but their tails FREAK ME OUT!!!!@


jolynda grove's picture

jolynda grove

I love mermaids and i really want to get a book all about all the mermaids that ever lived on EARTH and i would love to get a encyclopedia all about MERMAIDS!!! I LOVE MERMAIDS but their tails FREAK ME OUT!!!!@


huffman's picture


ive always wondered what mermaids were and how they became how they are and why they have hidden this long and havnt come out to us sence we are like them except we don't live in water. there are so many records of mermaids but I want to know what are they trying to do here and why they are here now.


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Bob Saget

Over the past couple of years, Animal Planet has really gone to the dogs. It went from Steve Irwin and documentaries about ANIMALS that were REAL. Now it is "Surprisingly Human"! It is about guys who build fish tanks (and fish are not that discussed at all), cats from hell, stuff like that. Animal Planet should be about ANIMALS! Now, like everything on Earth, it has come to revolve around humans. Then I see this, and I think that you are finally coming back to what you where, and it is not even a real documentary!

With all that ranting aside, it does bring up some good points about us, our past, and what theses things COULD be like. The fact that they turned it into a Science Fiction movie annoys me. I mean, how about bring up the stuff that happened and REAL evidence. I would have been fine watching it if it were mostly theories that were based in reality and fact, but no. I think that there may be such a thing as mermaids. I don't care what other people say. I like the idea of Cryptozoology, the idea that there is more to Earth than we currently know. And there is, of course. We are nowhere close to knowing everything, and it is doubtful if we ever will. I think that there is real evidence out there. It just is not in the documentary. I was bewildered and excited beyond belief when I saw this, until I did more research and found out the truth. This documentary disappointed me, but it gave me motivation to find out more. Who knows, maybe one day we will find them, and prove they exist beyond any doubt. We just need to take this seriously. The fact that we do not already disappoints me. Someday, though. Some day.


Quenuma's picture


Must leave be!! killing through sonics earth temps in change for reason! metal ship to stop sounds now/ stop sea temp with shift.


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