By Elizabeth C.
THE BAD PUNS WRITE THEMSELVES IN THIS FISHY MERMAID TALE.
In an effort to one-up itself over last year’s ratings blockbuster, Mermaids: The Body Found, Animal Planet sinks to new lows in a new episode claiming “evidence” that mermaids actually exist. But the scheme works
swimmingly, netting the network a record 3.6 million viewers, Variety reports.
Mermaids: The New Evidence, includes video of American hikers in Israel spotting a scaly humanoid lounging on rocks near a sea. Alarmed after being spotted, the hybrid creature slips back into the water. But…wait! Did our eyes deceive us?
The episode, kicking off Monsters Week, offers a million dollar reward to anyone who can first prove the mythic sea creatures exist. And, just like last year’s episode, it’s triggered Twitter chatter over whether mermaids are real or fictional. That question was answered last year by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration when it released a statement saying, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
The mythbusting site Snopes debunked last year’s episode as “speculative science fiction.” Deep Sea News mourns for the public in a piece headlined, RIP: Science On TV.” And this year, SouthernFriedScience goes even further, charging that the fictive productions “show absolute disdain for their audience. It’s not satire. It’s not parody. It’s a giant middle finger to the public.”
Put another way: slimy.