According to the United States government agency the National Ocean Service, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found”. I know. I was as shocked as you. Okay, so there’s no evidence for the existence of mermaids, that’s hardly new to anyone with an above room-temperature IQ and in possession of basic reasoning skills. So why would the NOS issue such a statement? Well, according to the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), it was in response to the viral ad campaign surrounding the release of the Animal Planet ‘documentary’ “Mermaids: The Body Found”, as well as in response to the movie itself which some people apparently thought was real.
It’s worth pointing out that by the time the movie had been released in North America, I had already blogged about it, and had made note that it’s “wink-and-nod” format (as the BBC called it) would lead to just this sort of thing happening. DO YOU HEAR THAT?!?! I BEAT THE BBC TO THE NEWS! You’re welcome, BBC reporters.
It is a sad testament to the gullibility and fundamental irrationality of the human species that Disney’s The Little Mermaid can be mistaken by some people for a documentary.
Yes, I know; cryptids and the mysteries of the deep can be a fun diversion from the banal and the mundane, but can we all please, for the sake of human dignity, please try our best to avoid actually believing in any fairy-tale that someone makes a movie about? I mean, Supernatural is an awesome show and I’ll suspend my disbelief when watching it as eagerly as the next person, but my incredulity reasserts itself the second the credits begin to roll.