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As mentioned by the Discovery Channel: “Throughout history, people from nearly every culture have independently described the same half-man, half-fish anomaly. 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.”
Well,the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has felt obliged to issue a statement that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” after the Discovery Channel episode…which was dressed up as a documentary and caused many Americans to believe that mermaids were real.
The program, entitled ‘Mermaids: The Body Found’, was aired on Animal Planet, which is part of the Discovery Channel. Despite clearly stating it was science fiction, the documentary style of the program and the fact it claimed to “be based on some real events” led to considerable public excitement about the possibility that mermaids and mermen were more than myths.
As part of NOAA’s mission “public education,” they therefore felt obliged to issue the statement. So it appears that mermaids have now joined the ranks of the Bermuda Triangle and Atlantis – two other topics that have been addressed by the organization in recent years.
So there you go folks, despite how you may love the thought that mermaids are real — they are not! You have been hoodwinked…again!