Is the Government hiding the truth about mermaids?

Aug 22 2012

This article falls a little outside of our normal scope for Battle of the Bilge articles but it does involve a government cover-up that goes as far as creating a fake web page that gives the appearance that the website was seized by the Department of Justice and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations.

A recent TV show, dressed up as a documentary, about mermaids caused quite a stir.  The show claims to provide evidence of the existence of mermaids and a subsequent government cover-up. All footage of these so-called mermaids depicts scary Computer Generated Images (CGI) of thin blue people with tails.  Appropriately, the show debuted at the end of Animal Planet’s Monster Week. 

Mermaids: The Body Found

As much as I loved The Little Mermaid as a child, it is my sad duty to inform everyone that Ariel does not exist.

Promotion of the Show

The promotional information on the show is misleading.  The carefully crafted press release implies that all of the information presented is fact when it is not.  If your carefully review their word choice you will notice the words “story”, “film” and “evolutionary possibility”.

A description of Mermaids: The Body Found on the Animal Planet website.

Mermaids: The Body Found makes a strong case for the existence of the mermaid, a creature with a surprisingly human evolutionary history, whose ancestral branch splits off from a shared human root. The film is science fiction, using science as a springboard into imagination and centering the story on the following real-world events:

•In the early 1990s, the US Navy began a series of covert sonar tests, which were linked to mass die-offs of whales, which washed up on beaches throughout the world. For years, the Navy denied they were responsible for these beachings.

•In 1997, scientists at the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recorded a mysterious sound (called “The Bloop”) in the deep Pacific, which was thought to be organic in nature. It has never been identified.

These are facts.

Mermaids: The Body Found is a story that imagines how these real-world phenomena may be related. In this story, startling amateur video and photographic evidence, as well as additional audio recordings, suggests whales weren’t the only creatures affected by the Navy’s sonar. The film follows the two scientists who tracked the whale beachings for years and delivers first-hand, on-camera accounts of what they claim to have discovered in the aftermath of one particular beaching. Their story is nothing less than fantastical: they claim to have found the remains of a mermaid.

With compiled amateur footage, including photos and video shot by deep-sea fishermen that never have been shown in the US, as well as cinema-quality CGI, Mermaids: The Body Found argues how a mythical creature – one of humankind’s most enduring legends – may be real. It depicts how mermaids may have evolved from the early human family tree and persisted into the present day.

Mermaids: The Body Found is so compelling with evidence and so credible, audiences can see it a second time when it repeats Monday, May 28, from 7-9 PM ET/PT as Monster Week comes to a close.

Mermaids: The Body Found is a story about evolutionary possibility grounded in scientific theory, which blends real-life events and phenomena with a first-hand account of a team of government scientists who testify they found the remains of a never-before-identified sea creature with ties to human origins—a mermaid. Stunning computer animation, eyewitness video and photographic evidence shows us what the mermaid looks like, and questions are raised about whether the government is involved in a massive cover-up, hiding information about the possible survival of these creatures and if they exist today.

Adding to the confusion is where the show aired.  It originally aired on Animal Planet, a network known for non-fiction content related to animals.  Clearly this show was intended for entertainment purposes with just enough misdirection thrown in to increase ratings.

The Aquatic Ape Theory

The scientific theory used in the show, is the Aquatic Ape Theory.  This theory uses physiological differences between humans and apes as proof of an aquatic phase during the evolution of humans.  This theory has few supporters and was generally dismissed for failing to support the idea that human ancestors were aquatic after a 1987 symposium in Valkenburg, the Netherlands.

Statement from NOAA

The film follows the two scientists who tracked the whale beachings for years and delivers first-hand, on-camera accounts of what they claim to have discovered in the aftermath of one particular beaching.

The show included interviews from two actors portraying NOAA scientists claiming to have discovered proof of mermaids.  Due to increased inquiries, NOAA released a statement on their website to clarify that no evidence of mermaids has been found.

But 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.

Supposed cover-up

A website created to go along with this TV show, sports a fake government seizure image.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) generally seize sites for engaging piracy or sales of illegal or false goods aimed at citizens of the U.S.A.

The US Code sections quoted on the page are 18 U.S.C. § 286, § 287, and § 371.  Sections 286 and 287 of the Title 18 of the US Code refer to filing fraudulent claims against the government.  Section 371 of Title 18 of the US Code refers to conspiracy to commit a crime or defraud the government.

Scientific theories or information about the existence of mermaids would not fall under the jurisdiction of the DOJ and HSI.  This domain name does not appear on any list of DOJ or HIS seizures.

76 responses so far

76 Responses to “Is the Government hiding the truth about mermaids?”

  1. Jeanon 11 Aug 2013 at 5:42 am

    Katrina, I am jean , No one has seen , nor have been able to find Dr Paul Roberton on Any actors sites! Believe me HE IS Not…. Have spent hours and every actor wants thier face to be seen,as that gets them a better chance to maybe get parts in other documentrys ,Hey maybe a great part in a great movie. I just want people to try to think outside the box. Not just in a box .Also try looking into where the FACTS that the military gets more money than anyone to get weapons they test in oceans,or even on innocents of all species ,or maybe anyone of us. Thanks for your input! Jean

  2. Jeanon 12 Aug 2013 at 12:18 pm

    Does anyone believe that our weather actually mother? I Don’t !

  3. Jeanon 12 Aug 2013 at 12:27 pm

    Jean , sorry,but I forgot to type Mother NATURE.

  4. Callion 23 Aug 2013 at 8:14 pm

    They are used for medicinal purposes that’s why the government is hiding them.

  5. Alex22on 24 Aug 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Here is the follow up to the original story:
    Mermaids, The New Evidence HDTV

    In short, something is true behind this story.
    In South Africa the body of the mermaid was confiscated. Why? Why didn’t the government give it to the South African scientists? It would have been a great propaganda and a truly great achievement for their country. Instead they destroyed the evidence. The first time in my life I am forced to believe that the only authority that could have forced them to destroy the evidence is a Shadow World Government.
    Also, it seems very likely that the Shadow Government produced the documentary, at least that way they could control the agenda/propaganda. Think about it for a moment, the existence of mermaids proves anything else but evolution/Darwinism, yet the documentary attempts in vain to give a new evidence for evolution. On the contrary, this is a new evidence for missing links. Don’t forget, the fact that human beings have 4 legs and horses have 4 legs doesn’t prove that we had a common ancestor, to prove that you have to find the missing links.

  6. twillon 02 Sep 2013 at 2:55 pm

    Yes they are real, fisherman for many many years have dictated this, drawings from all parts of the world before they ever knew of each other and communicated. Yes it is real the government is hiding it from us just like all the other things they have come across we are not stupid. Maybe if they would open it to us it would stop some of the killings that go on among us to let us know there are more better knowing beings better than us in the world.

  7. Readabookon 21 Sep 2013 at 9:52 am

    Mermaids are real!

    The first error is that we do not evolve but we were created! Go back to the book of Enoch it says the Fallen Angels transgressed against God . They came into the daughters of man producing Giants in the land- nephilim, Anakim, etc. Also, those Angels were said to Transgress against all living creatures creating all kinds of abominations and hybrids. MERMAIDS were one of them ! Scientist have skeletons of lots of hybrids and the Giants! You will eventually see a mermaid and the government knows it just like the know that aliens are also breeds created by the fallen angels. The mermaids and aliens are not friendly they are demonic creatures.

    So far, we’ve seen in our study, that the days of Noah (Noe) had many parallels to our modern time in history. We saw that some rebellious angels left their heavenly estate and cohabitated with human woman and that the result of that union was what was known as the Nephilim. We also examined some extra-biblical texts; namely the book of Enoch, Jubilees and the Genesis Apocryphon and saw that they confirm the history where the angels are concerned as well as their offspring, the Nephilim. We also looked at the modern day Nephilim in the manner of them residing in genetically produced shells that some refer to as aliens or extraterrestrials.

    We’ve also looked at what appears to be scripture as well as references from Jubilees and Jasher that show that the angels taught, among other things, the practice of gene manipulation to mankind. We now have a clear understanding of where the ancients got their many strange gods, such as the unicorn, the minotaur, the centaur and other oddities. They were stories passed down from the antediluvian period. We then saw how genetic manipulation is nothing but that practice revived in our modern day.
    Read the Bible and the other books you will find more real answers there than any scientist will try to prove with a defunct evolution theory. Check out archangelclk on YouTube that dude has some cool videos that will give you much insight on the books.

  8. Readabookon 21 Sep 2013 at 9:59 am

    P.S. Just because you dont believe in God doesnt mean that historical books that have existed for more than 2000 years should be tossed aside and considered not valid for a more modern theory ! There are many historical books to support evidence and yes they are much older and have more proof than Darwin’s evolution theory which he recanted before he died!!!

  9. Michelleon 27 Sep 2013 at 10:28 pm

    Here’s my take and yes I am a college graduate so I’m not an easily fooled person. I think there are so many possibilities out there that we can never be sure. The circus picture from the 1800s doesn’t seem like the other pictures of mermaids which were obviously fakes. Yes there really is a Dr. Paul Robertson and the guy from the sub, but they are being portrayed by actors in the documentary. I looked that up and have seen other videos where they portray other researchers and those researchers are real as well. My big question is this…We found pictures of Woolley Mammoths in caves long before we found the actual animal, so we know the pictures weren’t lies, people actually saw them. So where did the pictures of the mermaids come from that are in caves all around the world? Are they just imagination? Were we, as a race, that advanced that we could make mermaids up? Why is the Navy still trying to hide the fact that they are testing sonar in our oceans and that it is harming our marine mammals? We have recently discovered a species of whale thought to be extinct still living in our oceans. The goblin shark is out there but we only find them dead and know nothing about their living habits. What I’m saying is there is so much out there that we don’t know.This all leaves me with more questions than answers. Do mermaids exists? I don’t know, but I hope they can either prove or disprove it before I die.

  10. brendaon 20 Nov 2013 at 12:52 pm

    (edited) !!!!! iam not stupied I know the government is trying to cover this up like all the other things they cover up like ufo sightings and big foot . I mean look it all the things that are barly being discovered. what ever u guys say is not guuna make me stop believeing.!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. mildredon 29 Dec 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Rather Real Or Not, You Have 2 Admit That Was A Cool Show! Still Thinking Bout It! I Must Believe!

  12. Jeanon 12 Jan 2014 at 5:27 am

    For Read a Book,?…. Glad to try your idea,,,,I will most definetely have to do some research !!! Thanks for the information! Jean,

  13. Santoson 08 Apr 2014 at 5:29 am

    Wow..this really blow my mind a bit. And this thread is insane(great). I watched the doc. Animal Planet a few weeks back when they aired it I was pretty bummed coming here and reading about its lies” and cover-ups” but there’s STILL soome truth to it.., I’ve ALWAYS Believed in Mermaids , in the fact that they slightly resemble as half human ,but look nothing like people, but I also believe they are scared and scary creatures (life forms,aquatic beings) of the sea. Its an oxymoron we ALL know the Gov. Lies out their asses almost All the time, but they also do protect us. Idk if you’ve heard but Human Beings aren’t all that great some of us Can’t handle the Truth sooooo much so that we would turn against them in order to protect ourselves and our children, it was a scary thought to find out Aliens exsited. I mean its stupid to think we’re the ONLY life forms in the universe while knowing we aren’t exactly Alone in this planet ,but people tend to freak the fxxk out to high points. I’m not surprised at all that we haven’t seen more “proof” of Mermaids out there. There’s a Reason they’re not in the open. There are STILL creatures being discovered today. The gov. is doing us some partial justice by not exposing the Real Truths they constantly Hide. The people NEED to Feel Safe, protected, assured of a “Controled” enviornment so chaos doesn’t happen, I mean its hectic out there as it you really think people could handle such news? and as for the one’s saying ” why would anyone hide anything so fantastic” “why cover up something so amazing” now you know why, because that something “amazing & fantastic” could well be Dangerous & Alarming as it is magnificient. ooh there was a small piece someone mentioned about how we don’t know our waters by the inch and its true Untill the day they can 100% say they have search and explored the Entire Sea and Land we will never know for sure what is really out there..this Big small planet is filled with wonders, I mean Flight 370 is STILL IN SEARCH MODE!! AND THEY HAVENT BEEN ABLE TO COVER THE INDIAN OCEAN COMPLETELY !! You know why? because that motherEffer is Deep, Long, and HuGe ! If they can’t find that plane in the water what makes you think anyone can find a mermaid ? The U.s as already searched around its waters , but the idian ocean as well as others have such Big Bodies you couldn’t even find Ursela if you tried. the Ocean is a Mysterious place indeed and the Gov. (sack of shxts) carrys more elements of secrets then it can bargan for. All in All I Am a Believer ! and i wont include or exclude anything that may carry weight to this great Topic 🙂 ~ P.s the gov. isnt working with mermiads as weapons of some sort and i dont believe they’re using them for medical purposes, but i wont rule it out due to the fact tht it wouldnt be the 1st time i heard a theory similiar to using something for the intent of something else (expiriements) like ex: cures and vaccins so people pay for the help they need when sick ….i also believe there is a cure for cancer but i wont get into that…js

  14. A3sopon 11 Apr 2014 at 10:17 am

    Lots of crazy up in these comments. People believe what they want to believe, nothing more and certainly nothing less. Less is reality.

    I’ll bite, though, js. What’s that theory on cancer?

    ‘Cancer,’ as if it is one disease and not an extraordinarily complex multi-disciplinary set of conditions. Make no mistake, whoever figures out a way to stop it will rule the world financially for a few decades at least. But I’ll reserve rebuttal until I hear your theory.

  15. Lukason 02 Jul 2014 at 5:35 pm

    There is some brilliant trolling going on in this thread 🙂

  16. kaceyon 15 Nov 2014 at 7:56 am

    I believe in mermaids but i think that if theyre real they should be left alone cos if the government notices em then god knows what theyll do. They might end up going out to sea and capturing them then maybe theyll begin to test them and or KILL them. Come on it doesnt take s genius to figure that out. Theyre covering something up clearly

  17. Prace Doktorskieon 03 Mar 2015 at 7:38 pm

    A fascinating discussion is worth comment. There’s no doubt
    that that you should write more on this topic, it might not be a taboo subject but usually people do
    not discuss such issues. To the next! All the best!!

  18. norbelon 07 Apr 2015 at 5:14 am

    i hate to be a mere member of public because a lot is really being with held from the public.Can someone out there tell me how governments conceal any proof about things of human interest? some things we think are myths are not but just a secret.

  19. Matthew LoFiegoon 10 Apr 2015 at 9:13 am

    Norbel, I think you’d actually be surprised by the lack of information being held from the public. Using history as a guide, it is a safe constant that governments very rarely know the things that their citizens suspect them of knowing. History is full of examples of lies from those in authoritative positions, sure, but more often than not those lies are meant to cover up ignorance and incompetence rather than nefarious actions. This subject, however, isn’t one of those cases. All evidence supports the conclusion that Animal Planet created a work of fiction and invented government scientists to add false legitimacy.

    Don’t be too down with your position as a “mere member of the public.” The truth is usually far more boring than the theory.

  20. mermaidz rule!on 13 Apr 2015 at 5:52 pm

    if mermaids are real… why does ancient egyptian paintings in the cave showing humans scaring mermaids away? you know what! i dont care, i belive in mermaids! maybe the thought that mermaids and sirens (girl looking creatures that lure handsome and ugly men to there homes) where the same thing!!!!!!!

  21. Matthew LoFiegoon 14 Apr 2015 at 8:42 am

    Kind of a chicken and the egg reasoning in bringing up the mythical Sirens. They were a creation of ancient fantasy writers and may actually be responsible for the continuation or popularization of the mermaid myth itself. Ocean madness can cause people to see and hear some pretty strange things. It’s no wonder that stories like that are common in ancient cultures. But again, there is zero evidence in the fossil or biological records that supports the theory.

    Interesting point about the Egyptian cave paintings, and one I hadn’t paid much attention to in the Animal Planet story. I took a look at the evidence outside of the mermaids tv show and found these:

    That second link is a great piece about the mockumentary programs on Animal Planet and History Channel. But the bottom line is that the images used in the show of the supposed cave paintings of mermaids from Egypt are computer enhanced and based on actual rock paintings of swimming people.

  22. hemanthon 25 Apr 2015 at 7:20 am

    it’s real ?

  23. marciaon 24 May 2015 at 11:50 am

    Mermaids or not, the fact that these filthy war mongers and greedy pigs are testing sonar weaponry in the ocean putting all life forms there at risk is dispicable, shameless and outright disgusting. They are already destroying all life forms on the land including humans with their many forms of weapons testings but to take it to the ocean now shows their wanton disregard for all life forms. To the notion that mermaids exist, nothing in impossible and nothing these liars say is trustworthy. So far their records speak for themselves.

  24. aceon 01 Jun 2015 at 7:55 am

    where there’s smoke, there’s fire.
    god create all types of creature including us.

  25. Genome projecton 24 Jun 2015 at 1:01 am

    I watched a show on TV about mermaid deaths in large numbers including whales and fish due to a tremendous sound/shockwave that sounded like something from the bible as a loud trumpet-low Bass sound… A few minutes/seconds after the sound marine life (especially whales) were so loud as if they were dying… Which they did. What caused this sound and will it happen again? If u ever seen silent hill and hear the high pich warning sound before the darkness/evil arises, the crows flying away, etc… Something like that… It’s scary and if its like the third sound of the trumpet or w/e the bible says kinda seems like a coincidence. The end of the world.maybe has begun.

  26. Craig Puhrmannon 08 Jul 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Personally, I don’t know how accurate this story was, but I will say that the government cannot be trusted to ever tell the truth. So maybe the story is true and maybe not. But everyone should be cautioned not to believe anything the government says.