US National Ocean Service: 'No Evidence Mermaids Exist'
US government scientific agency says there is no evidence that mermaids exist, in response to the Animal Planet special Mermaids: The Body Found.
Mermaids: The Body Found was a fictional documentary on the mythical creatures, and some viewers may have mistaken the program for a documentary. However, according to the National Ocean Service, no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.
Several inquiries to the National Ocean Services prompted them to make a statement regarding the mythical creatures after the Animal Planet TV special Mermaids: The Body Found that aired earlier this year in May.
It was a documentary-style show, and though the filmmakers acknowledged that the film is science fiction, for many people it was indeed “wildly convincing.” The show was an "X-Files" type fanciful mix of state-of-the-art computer generated animation, historical fact, conspiracy theory and real and faked footage sprinkled with enough bits of scientific speculation and real science to make it seem plausible.
In fact, there were even interviews with real NOAA scientists. As with all good science fiction, there’s a grain of science and truth to it: the so-called “aquatic ape” idea it touted (suggesting our evolutionary ancestors may have lived in marine environments as water levels rose after an ice age) is a real hypothesis, but has nothing to do with mermaids.