Mermaid documentary "Mermaids: The Body Found", which aired on Animal Planet in May, had led many to believe that mermaids truly did exist. The show tells a fictional story, in which a mermaid’s body is found and filmed.
Even though Animal Planet outright stated that this was a fictitious story, many people still believed it to be true. The show did state that it was “based on some real events” - which is essentially why people perceived it to be true.
This impelled the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to release an official statement, saying that mermaids do not exist.
"No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found," the statement read.
NOAA said that all the hoopla surrounding the mermaid body due to the Animal Planet show did not carry any weight.
"Blame the Animal Planet special Mermaids: The Body Found," the NOAA said in response to the media hype that had everyone believing that mermaids could be a reality.
NOAA has previously refuted inexplicable phenomenon such as the Lost City of Atlantis and the Bermuda Triangle.
As part of the Animal Planet’s “Monster Week” series, “Mermaids: The Body Found” was aired in May 2012 and was stated as fictional due to lack of factual evidence.
The show was created and written by Charlie Foley. The story revolves around two scientists who are told that a story about a mermaid body found is true. A photo, taken by two boys and showing a mermaid body found on the shore, is given to them. The picture was taken on a camera phone in Washington State. It is the quest of finding the truth behind this and exploring it which makes for the documentary. The realistically shot documentary-style film had everyone believing that mermaid indeed were real creatures, but after the NOAA statement, everyone’s excitement has been drained and their hopes let down of seeing a real mermaid.