The mermaid body found myth confused many after Animal Planet aired Mermaids: The Body Found Sunday, though the movie originally aired in May. Mermaids: The Body Found is a documentary style movie that presents a mermaid body found buried on the beach by The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
According to WebProNews, the synopsis of the mockumentary led to the mermaid body found confusion, and included that “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."
After all the confusion, The NOAA urgently released a disclaimer in May that the mermaid body found was not real, and this opened viewers’ eyes to the fact the movie was actually a mockumentary.
The statement by The NOAA concerning the mermaid body found myth included that, “Mermaids - those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea - are legendary sea creatures chronicled in maritime cultures since time immemorial," adding, "But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found."
The mermaid body found myth can be cleared with the knowledge that all the mermaid bodies featured in Mermaids: The Body Found are computer generated images (CGI).
WebProNews contributor Todd Rigney wrote, “So stop freaking out and quit believing everything you see or hear on television.”
The Discovery Channel defended the public's confusion and pondered, “What if there's a kernel of truth behind the legend of this mythic creature? 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."