LOS ANGELES (LALATE) – “Mermaids: The Body Found” prompted confusion for fans, yet again, this week. When “Mermaids: The Body Found” first aired in May in the U.S. and previously overseas, some viewers got confused that the fictional two hour TV broadcast was actually a documentary. The confusion purportedly derived from the the show’s suggestion that the program was “based on some real events”.
But officials told news in May and again this week that no Mermaid bodies have been found. In a recent news statement, The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
And yet, NOAA tells news that that fascination with half-human, half-fish sirens of the seas still remain. “Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.”
Discovery gives a disclaimer during the broadcast that it’s fictionalized. But the channel still says of its telecast “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.” It adds “the show itself, though science fiction, is based on some real events and scientific theory.”
Reportedly, during a prior broadcast in May and previously overseas in Australia, the same telecast prompted confusion.