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'Mermaids: The Body Found' asks if these fictional creatures could be real [VIDEO]

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If you missed the premiere screening of Animal Planet's "Mermaids: The Body Found," worry not, as typical of many cable television networks the channel is repeating the show, but based on a search of our satellite provider's schedule, if you want to see it, you'd better see it today.

Animal Planet is showing "Mermaids: The Body Found," twice today, and on DirecTV on the West Coast it shows up at 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. today. The special, half a decade in the making, purports to give you a look at the fictional creature known as a mermaid, but also reveals information that seems to point to the creature not being fictional, after all.

It's called a "speculative documentary." Charlie Foley, Animal Planet’s senior vice president of development, spent five years researching, writing, and developing - as well as executive producing - “Mermaids: The Body Found.” The show combines cutting-edge CGI with what are purportedly reports of actual events. These mermaids, though, don't look anything like Ariel of Disney fame.

The idea for the film came from Foley's past experience with another Animal Planet "speculative documentary." That special was focused on dragons. After the success of that show, Foley and the network wanted to do another one.

Foley explained how he came to the idea of a special on mermaids in an interview with the New York Post. He said:

"And I got thinking about mermaids and the question whether they could be real. And if you look, every seafaring culture on Earth has a mermaid legend, including cultures that never had contact with one another. They all have the same stories. They all depict the creatures similarly. That’s intriguing. Could this have evolved and how would it have happened? And that’s sort of the leading question.

"In the theory of human evolution there’s this pretty radical theory called the aquatic ape theory.

"The fact is there are animals that have moved from the land into the sea. Could it have happened to humans? And with aquatic ape theory, if there’s anything to it, what is the logical extension of it if we continued going in that direction. The idea is that people pulled back and we stopped evolving into a marine animal, into an aquatic animal. But what if we kept going? And that to me, knowing that it’s happened before knowing that it’s real science with other animals. Could it have happened with one branch of the human family tree?

"Could there actually be a scientific grounding to this legend?"

Watch an embedded video below, including that camera phone video, allegedly taken on a beach in Washington in 2004.

Image Source Wikimedia Commons


Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Im not really sure about my idea, but what I saw tonight was kinda fake, the video taken on the beach with the two kids was completely fake.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Wrong. Just. Because its not the picture you had in mind of a mermaid doesn't mean it's not real. Why would the people who were interviewed risk their names being tainted if they didn't believe 100% in what they discovered/examined that day? Our government would want to hide something this big too, if people knew this was real, the public would go out searching and most likely hunt them wouldn't they? We don't like competition or coexisting. People from different cultures and different places don't just all come up with the same creature out of thin air. The navy and our government are hidin things like this and it's not right.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
So you think that government hides this so people won't hunt them? Why would the gov't concern themselves with these "creature's" well being? Oh, and does it just involve our government or did somehow all of the other countries who can't agree on anything finally found something they could all buy into, hiding the existence of mermaids. Finally as to your contention of how people of different cultures can come up with the same thing without it being real, try reading a little Carl Jung. Jose[h Campbell and any volume of comparative mythology might help too and just for fun try Kurt Vonnegut's 'Galapagos' (hint, that one is fiction just like the show.)

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You clearly have not worked for the government. Their reaction to this is the only thing that makes me think it is true. You are correct in one sense. The government is probably not trying to protect the species if they did exist. Governments work in their own self-interest. This is often on a state or federal scale. I would know. I've worked in all levels of government. If the testing was causing harm to whales & they bleed from the ears, what else could the testing have caused? If the story were true, the government worldwide (i.e. in Cape Town as well) would be scrutinized. Religious organizations could also be in an uproar. You may not believe in it, but you can examine the government's reaction. Why would they take so much time to correct the story if there was no truth in it? Why would the Navy take the time to convince the children to change their story publicly? You don't have to believe in the creatures if you don't want to, but you really should at least question the government's reaction. Believe me, I've seen them do much worse.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You say you've worked in different levels of the government , as in what ? An what do you mean , you've seen them do much worse ? Do you know anything about this ? Message me please . - Kierah .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
You say you've worked in different levels of the government , as in what ? An what do you mean , you've seen them do much worse ? Do you know anything about this ? Message me please . - Kierah .

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Obviously there are more things to learn about our past as human kind.The truth is there.But to have caused wales to beach themselves in such a manner,is the real tragedy here.This was disgraceful enough without the covering up of an aquatic human race.Who ever it was to develop the sonic device,you kinda have to wonder if the purpose isnt as evident as the visable outcome of the beaching of wales. Dispicable

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
A completely made up, faked, "documentary" and there are people who believe it? Do you believe that the Blair Witch Project video was actually found footage too? This is about as real as the Ancient Aliens and bigfoots (bigfeet?) living in populated areas crap. "Well, we don't know for a fact that they DON'T exist, so therefore they DO exist!" People will believe this garbage, but completely discount religion, too. It's sad that so many stupid people breed.

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on
Well, religion is just as implausible and devoid of actual proof as mermaids, Sasquatch, ghosts or whatever other superstitions people choose to believe in. To call people stupid because believe in this show but not your religion is also an example of stupidity.


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