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Do Mermaids Exist? Animal Planet Thinks So

May 29, 2012


A new 2-hour show on Animal Planet is suggesting that mermaids do indeed exist. "Mermaids: The Body Found," a British science docufiction television film that aired on Sunday, suggests those underwater creatures with human characteristics are roaming the open seas.

Directed by Sid Bennett and written by Bennett, Vaibhav Bhatt and Charlie Foley, "Mermaids" tells the story of a scientific team's investigative efforts to uncover the source behind mysterious underwater recordings and an unidentified marine body.

Here is the plot: Two former National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration scientists, after investigating mass strandings of whales, claims to have recorded mysterious underwater noises coming from an unknown source. This sound resembled a sound previously recorded in 1997, called the "bloop." From inside the belly of a great white shark, they recovered 30 percent of the remains of an unknown creature that was said to possess attributes of the human body.

They alleged that the marine creature had hands, not fins, and had the hip structure of an upright animal. These findings, along with many others, led the team to determine that this unknown animal was very closely related to humans -- possibly a mermaid.

According to Animal Planet, a team of scientists testified that they found the remains of a sea creature with ties to human origins -- a modern mermaid. They claim a massive government cover-up is currenly hiding the creature's existence from the general public.

Animal Planet posted a preview (below) of "Mermaids: The Body Found." At the very end of the short clip, the website "" is advertised. However, once you type in the url, you get a screen shot that the page has been taken down and seized by the Department of Justice.

Could mermaids really be something the government doesn't want the public to know about? Or is it a publicity stunt by the Animal Planet to get people to watch their docufiction television film?

To see when the "Mermaids: The Body Found" will again air, click here.

It is rated TV-PG.

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