Discovery Show Confuses Viewers
Last Sunday was the replay of the Discovery Channel special Mermaids: The Body Found.
This documentary speculated about the real life existence of half-fish half human people.
The special used CGI technology to depict a fake documentary.
The pseudo documentary was about two people who found evidence of mermaids.
The CGI on the show was so good that many people got confused and thought it was real.
This prompted the National Ocean Administration to send out a message that the show was indeed fake.
Are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.”
But from the get-go, the network was up-front that the special was merely speculative.
“What if there’s a kernel of truth behind the legend of this mythic creature?” a program description reads. “Is the idea of mermaids really so far-fetched? Maybe so, maybe not. The show itself, though science fiction, is based on some real events and scientific theory.”