July 3, 2012
Mermaids Don’t Exist? Who Knew!
Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online
Disney's movie The Little Mermaid told the enchanted tale of Ariel the mermaid princess who dared to dream of becoming human, but unfortunately mermaids, like many residents of the Magic Kingdom, are the stuff of fantasy not reality, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).The U.S. government agency released a statement on June 27th that´s likely to be unpopular with toddlers and dreamers across the globe.
"No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found," said the statement on the official website.
So why the buzz-killing, ℠evil stepsister´ act from the NOAA? An agency spokeswoman said the recent show, "Mermaids: The Body Found," which aired on Animal Planet on Memorial Day spurred interest in the mythic creatures across various social media platforms.
"After the show ran, people were talking about mermaids a little more. It started popping up on social media," Keeley Belva told Sam Wood of the INQUIRER. "It was an interesting topic, so we posted a short explanation. Maybe it will entice people to visit the NOAA.gov website."
The show “paints a wildly convincing picture of the existence of mermaids, what they may look like and why they´ve stayed hidden“¦ until now,” according to a description on Animal Planet´s website.
In what could be described as an Orwellian fantasy, the show´s producers use a combination of tried-and-true documentary techniques, including video confessionals and hand-held camera footage, to give the impression of the discovery of mer-people and a subsequent government cover-up.
Over the course of two hours, incredibly photogenic ℠scientists´ described how their innocuous research led to a startling discovery-- the evidence of which was then destroyed or confiscated by government agents.
With Animal Planet freely admitting that the show was a work of fiction and the government saying that online statement was drafted to drive traffic to their website, it seems like the case is closed on a mermaid cover-up and conspiracy.
But hold on a second Columbo, because there´s just one more thing“¦
Why, if there is no such thing as mermaids as the government asserts, have the feds seized BelieveInMermaids.com?
That´s right – typing ℠believeinmermaids.com´ into a web browser will take you to a site that appears to have been seized by the Department of Homeland Security.
"It's a hoax," said Ross Feinstein, spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which oversees the Department Homeland Security.
A check of IP address records shows that the website is still maintained by Discovery Communications LLC, the parent company of Animal Planet.
"The websites we seize are part of what we call 'Operation In Our Sites,' a sustained law enforcement initiative to protect consumers by targeting counterfeit and piracy on the Internet," Feinstein explained.
"This operation is focused on counterfeit goods and piracy, not freedom of speech - including those regarding the existence of mermaids."
Despite the possibility of a hoax and faked documentary, the mermaid show that aired on Animal Planet was based in fact. In 1997, two NOAA scientists recorded a weird sound in the Pacific off the southern coast of South America. Dubbed "The Bloop," the low frequency sound was audible from over 3,000 miles. The source was never identified.