In a recent program, entitled 'Mermaids: The Body Found," has caused viewers to turn to the internet to find the proof that mermaids do exist.
However, the viewers didn't realize the various images of mermaids on the screen wasn't real.
The Animal Planet special was actually a work of fiction, and was filmed in a documentary-style, much like movies the Blair Witch Project and the Paranormal Activity series. 'Mermaids' followed two "scientists" that revealed a secret government investigation regarding the existence of mermaids. As ibtimes.com reports, the program "uses actual CGI images to give its viewers a preview of what a mermaid might look like, if in fact it did exist."
The program was part of Animal Planet's Monster Week and was deemed "labeled as a fictional account based on a small number of facts."
'Mermaid: The Body Found' says they used scientific theory as a basis for their story. That, coupled with the authentic-looking images seen in the program, has led many viewers to believe that their might be a bit of truth and science behind the program. The viewers' desire to find evidence of mermaids on the internet caused the phrase "Mermaid Body Proof" and "Mermaid Body Found" to trend on popular websites like Twitter and Facebook.
The frenzy and hype surrounding mermaids and the Animal Planet program has led the government to step in and dispel the rumors. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (The NOAA) released a statement entitled "Do Mermaids Exist?", saying, "No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found."
While the jury is still out on the existence of mermaids, the NOAA says that it is up to "historians, philosophers, and anthropologists," to submit proof of their existence.