I'll admit that I have been intrigued by the mystery, legend and beauty of mermaids. It's the stuff that fairy tales and science fiction movies are made of. We all know that mermaids are not real...or do we! It was early one Thursday morning when I turned on the television, channel surfed for a bit and that's when I saw coming up on the Animal Planet a show titled...Mermaids: The New Evidence. The brief synopsis tantalized me with promises of never before seen video of a mermaid, discovered by scientists and hush-hushed by the government. So, I made a cup of tea and plopped myself in my comfy chair then watched the entire show.
The show was hosted by Jon Frankel, his guests were a scientist Dr. Paul Robertson and a marine biologist Torsten Schmidt. Phooey! It was all a big joke! A mockumentary! A hoax!
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I only saw part of it, but I was very suspicious of the dialogue. "They're back" just before the hand came before the window. Pretty standard sci-fi language. Secondly there was the issue of the mermaid on the rock, seen from a distance, whose upper torso was very shapely. The shapely body of a human female functions for child bearing, but the wide fishy tail section provides so much room for a baby that the shapely form would not have needed to evolve. It was a clear fake.
When I first started watching the "mockumentary," I thought it was real because it seemed to be advertised as a real documentary. Certain aspects of it though didn't feel real to me. It wasn't the acting or the "found evidence." To me, it was the way it was put together. I remember a video that was supposed to be video evidence and it showed a round metal tank filled with water and there was a circular glass window and that was the only way to see in or out. The clip showed a hand come up from the inside of the window, as if to indicate a mermaid was inside. It was so horribly done though- the camera they used, the editing and production was too nice and clearly edited. Great for a syfy movie- horrible to claim as a "documentary." However the ocean is so vast and so deep, only 95% of it has been discovered. There could be mermaids far below.