Just When We Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water

Animal Planet did it again. They have “new evidence” that mermaids are real. Twitter was alive with #mermaids–instead of going to bed, I watched the tweets about the show roll in.

I have to believe that some of the people get that it’s a science fiction show, and they are tweeting tongue-in-cheek comments about believing the evidence. Most of them have that sarcastic vibe and that the show was full of malarkey.

But some seem earnest about how they are never going to doubt again. Or that they are now afraid to swim in the ocean (because sharks aren’t a bigger threat?). Or that the show has made them believers. Or that the mermaids are sooo fake (they kinda are, since CGI isn’t real).

Some are just having fun with the hashtag, so the entire feed is entertaining.

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Just two of the thousands of tweets…

May the viewers be smart enough to leave NOAA out of it this time. See my previous posts about it HERE and HERE. (I don’t have an obsession. Really, I don’t. *cough*)

By the way, the people on the show are actors, even the scientists. For realz. Here’s a post about the first show from the Animal Planet blog.

I’d like to know that mermaids are real, too, but I don’t want someone telling me that that’s the way they look and act.

My mermaids would be way cooler, because they don’t do windows, not even portholes on sunken ships.

Maybe they would be mammals (half dolphin) like the first (and most dreadful) novel I ever wrote. The dolphin-ish merpeople were my creepy antagonists (I really do have a dark side). Seriously, have you ever seen real dolphin behavior? They may be nice to humans, but they aren’t that nice to each other.

I digress…   Mermaids…

Mermaids are in the collective consciousness of mankind because people have imaginations. People want to believe that they are real. Who doesn’t?

Many cultures have mermaids in their mythologies, but that doesn’t mean they have to be real in the way that Animal Planet made up. We haven’t discovered every species in the oceans (or on land for that matter), that doesn’t mean we’re going to discover mermaids for real. Like fairies and Santa, they are too smart to get caught and end up as a science experiment.

Except this one:

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Madison in the movie Splash got caught…

Face it, we’ll never discover everything. I’m pretty sure our universe is filled with an infinite number of creatures. It’s hard to count to infinity. (Have you ever tried?)

The Animal Planet show does have a tiny disclaimer that it’s science fiction “based on scientific theory”–which is totally and completely redundant in repeating itself. *cough* Science fiction is based on scientific theory. That’s why it’s science fiction.

I suppose that didn’t want people to think they were making a fantasy episode, which is where mermaids usually are categorized.

The Mother Nature Network has an interview with the Animal Planet people. Go read it for all the reasons why they decided to make it look like a documentary. Yes, they wanted it to look real, even though it’s not.

There are plenty of other mythological, Cryptozoic creatures that are in multiple cultures. Several have proven to be hoaxes. Bigfoot has many hoax stories, but there’s no proof that it doesn’t exist right? What about the Loch Ness monster? There could be one in the Great Lakes, too.

And for the people who tweeted that unicorns are as real as mermaids: Unicorns are real! North Korea has them.


What do you think? Are you worried about swimming in the ocean now?

13 comments on… “Just When We Thought It Was Safe to Go Back in the Water”

  1. Worried, not at all! I’d love to swim with mermaids and dolphins. 🙂 But, I’m not certain I have to go to the ocean. Seems like I’m swimming with mermaids and other magical beings that make up the wonderful group we know as WANAtribes. Fun post, Diana!

    • Diana Beebe

      That’s such a great point about our WANATribe, Lynette! 🙂 I’m so glad you stopped by.

  2. I have to admit I saw the advertisement for this show and my first thought was you and your blog. You’ve already made an impression with your tagline.

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Susan! (You did mean a good impression, right? LOL)

  3. My dh would love for mermaids to be real. He’s had the hots for the Little Mermaid since the movie originally came out.

    In light of the recent release of FBI files on Roswell and UFOs, you just never know. You have to wonder how stories like these originate.

    • Diana Beebe

      Ariel is a cutie. LOL. Oooo, have files been released? I’ll have to go look. Aliens or our own advanced secret technology or both…It’s fascinating to think about. Thanks for the tip!

  4. I love your mermaid posts. LOLOL! I think I want to believe. Because mermaids are just fun. When they aren’t evil. (They aren’t, are they? Not really!)

    • Diana Beebe

      Thanks, Pauline! I can’t seem to stop writing them. 😀 I bet they’re more ambivalent than evil or friendly, you know, like polar bears. They are lovely to watch from a distance, but not to interact with. However, if you’re on a ship, you might want to plug your ears just in case.

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  6. Ohmygod I love Splash! Such a great movie!

    This is hysterical. I wish I followed the tweets about it. I love doing that for the Walking Dead – which is a fantastic show!

    • Diana Beebe

      Splash is the best mermaid movie ever! Yes!

      You would have fallen over laughing. We could have had our own hashtag: #watchingmermaids LOL. Some of them were clever like the banana slicer reviews. I imagine the Walking Dead feed has a much different feel.

  7. We watched a good portion of that “scientific” account of “facts”. I didn’t know they were actors, but figured they might have to be due to identical dramatic speaking and the same annoying cadence. It was verging on cheesy. Even the in-the-shadows military informant was cheesy. “We didn’t secure this beach site in time and so the kids were able to discover the dying mermaid. We convinced the mother to talk with her kids to change the story.”

    I would love to know the actual context for creating this show. Were they intending to create a tongue-in-cheek/we-all-know-this-is-drivel farse or were they trying to create a viable and possible explanation for why mermaids could exist (but used a director that could be moonlighting as a Disney kids sitcom director)? Some of it was interesting SciFi, and it could have been produced in a way that left a major question in the viewer’s mind. It left me annoyed, bored and changing the channel…probably to something more believable like “Property Virgins” or “Duck Dynasty”…don’t remember.

    • Diana Beebe

      LOL. I think it had to have been something in between the tongue-in-cheek and what if. The dialog was rather stilted and cheesy. I love the idea that mermaids are out there. I have to give them some credit for creating their own science fiction version of them. Heck, people have been doing that for, well, forever. The presentation of their story did nothing for me.

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