A mermaid hoax on Animal Planet has made incredible views for the popular network this week, as the Inquisitr reported this Thursday, May 30, that almost four million watchers turned on their TV’s this week to watch a new documentary on mermaids.
The documentary (which, hard as it may be to hear for mermaid hopefuls, is indeed a fake) was called “Mermaids: The New Evidence”, and helped bring up the overall ratings for Animal Planet tremendously.
The mermaid hoax is interestingly enough not the first (fake) documentary for the mythical creatures — which involve the torso and upper body of a woman, and the lower half of the body being the fin of a fish — as a first addition was made last year, yet it did not bring in nearly the amount of success. This time around, “The New Evidence” gained over 3.5 million viewers.
While some actually believed mermaids may have existed at one point, Animal Planet did make it clear via new statements that the mermaid hoax is indeed just that: a hoax.
“The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species. Magical female figures first appear in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when modern humans gained dominion over the land and, presumably, began to sail the seas. Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also abound in mythology — in addition to mermaids, there were wise centaurs, wild satyrs, and frightful minotaurs, to name but a few. But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
Of course, not everyone realized that the mermaid hoax was a hoax at all, with hundreds of Animal Planet viewers on Twitter wondering if the question, “are mermaids are real?” may have had some truth on the show. One Twitter user wrote (via IB Times):
“My buddy is convinced mermaids are real. He was venting to me then I explained the show was fake. Heart broken.”
Did you enjoy the Animal Planet special on mermaids and the mermaid hoax? While it may be as fantastical as the Loch Ness Monster, it certainly has garnered similar attention this week. And with its compelling show, it may bring Animal Planet and more viewers to the station in the months to come.
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