: Anyone see the Discovery/Animal Planet show on Mermaids?



orconn
08-12-12, 02:50 PM
I watched the show last night "Mermaids:Body Discovered" on the Discovery Channel, very interesting. While whether there are actually real mermaids living in the sea has not been upper most among my curiosity pursuits, the show put forward some interesting information.

For those that didn't see it, the show recorded the investigation into the existence of actual "mermaids" following the discovery of various evidence and anomalies which came about in a NOAA investigation of the worldwide phenomenon of the beaching of schools of whales. Aside from anomalies found in voice recordings of whale communications, there had been the remains of unknown and unexplained sea creatures discovered whose morphology resembled bi-pedal land dwelling creatures closely related to man.

All in all, a very interesting investigation .... unlike "Bigfoot" the investigators claim to have actually seen the remains of this creature and done DNA testing and other analysis on the creature. However, they claim that the physical evidence which they analyzed was confiscated by the South Africa government and has not been seen by researchers since.

All very curious!

CadillacLuke24
08-12-12, 04:06 PM
I watched it too. I agree that this camp seems way more organized than the Bigfoot brigade (that seems like a urban legend at this point), but the confiscation of their evidence suggests the possibility of a hoax. Dunno, although we discover new species every day, it seems outlandish that we would have missed something that big, you know?

orconn
08-12-12, 04:22 PM
Yeah, it was the "confiscation" bit that really got me wondering if this wasn't some kind fictitious story couched as a documentary. But apparently it was from factual data.

The fact that their could be some kind of animal out there, on land or in the ocean, that has b not been discovered yet doesn't surprise me; seeing as we discover new species of plants and animals every year. Apparently there were tow new species of whale discovered in the last few years. The fact that such fanciful creatures as a Narwhal or an Anaconda or even a 39' Python in Eritrea have entered the factual world leads me to believe that there is still much to be discovered here on earth.

Submariner409
08-12-12, 06:20 PM
I used to see mermaids all the time in St. Thomas during winter training with UDT 8. The UDT teams ran a bar - concrete - named the Silver Bullet, on the old submarine base west of Charlotte Amalie. After many Heineken and St. Croix rum shots you could even walk on water. (Beer was 20 cents, rum 25) ...........One particularly fine fishy example was named "Bubbles", and she possessed her own set of PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices)

vincentm
08-12-12, 06:26 PM
Mermaids, eh lol. Same with those Bigfoot hunters and ghost shows, i cant help but to laugh whenever they come on, and change the channel.

The-Dullahan
08-12-12, 07:01 PM
The Mermaid population was mostly reduced n 1590 when the Kraken went to wage war on man after a fleet of ships was sent to take bounty on Leviathan, reportedly falling into an abyssal hole that "went straight to Hell itself" on their pursuit of the reported beast. The parties sent thereafter told accounts of the amazing beasts they witnessed in the wake of the disasterous event and told tales of an endless sea of humanoid corpses that "must surely be sirens and mermaids". A wealthy family sought to retreve the treasure reported to have been on one of the ships, havng believed that it had merely sunk. Accounts indicate that the treasure, a hellishly powerful weapon, was in fact retreved, but before the ship made it's way back to port, it was attacked, boarded and sunk by a Dread Pirate, rumoured to be an immortal sea captan by the name of De Leon, but was dismissed as merely a ghost story by many prior to this event.

xbrandonwilsonx
08-12-12, 07:14 PM
Mer-man!!! .... Mer-man... ... Water is the essence of wetness??

MrHolland
08-12-12, 08:12 PM
Everyone knows this is the only "real" mermaid

96053

In fact, I don't think shes been seen since 1984.

vincentm
08-12-12, 08:57 PM
Everyone knows this is the only "real" mermaid

96053

In fact, I don't think shes been seen since 1984.

She was in Grumpy old men and Grumpier old men

MrHolland
08-12-12, 09:08 PM
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the recluse
08-12-12, 09:22 PM
The only mermaids I know about....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqJKZVnNLT0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJVs3qprmSw

Pdabs
08-12-12, 10:58 PM
http://www.snopes.com/photos/supernatural/mermaids.asp

orconn
08-13-12, 12:04 AM
^^^ that clears that up, I didn't catch the disclaimer that was supposedly included in the credits. I personally believe that Animal Planet/ Discovery Channel had an obligation to disclose in more obvious ways that this was a fictional recreation. If it weren't for Snopes the impression left by the entries on Google would have been entirely misleading.

So once again were are left with the lovely image of Darryl Hannah as our mermaid ... and not some grotesque mer-creature!

CIWS
08-13-12, 12:36 AM
Mermaids - bah. . .


Now Sea bats, that's a different story.



http://www.ciws.net/smiles/wink.gif

The-Dullahan
08-13-12, 03:22 AM
Makes sense. They did a similar thing with a supposed "dragon" corpse some time ago.

Mermaids, I have no reason to believe exist. I have never personally met one. There are groups of people in parts of the world still untainted by the modern world and it's affairs and technological luxuries however who still claim to have seen them, or to see them frequently. Again however, as a firm believer in the supernatural and unexplained, I must be skeptical of everything, unless I have absolute proof. Therefore, I've no reason to believe in Mermaids until I meet one. Not being a beach kind of person, this is unlikely, as they are not known for just sort of being happened upon whilst someone is walking through the forest. Banshees on the other hand...

...Well, that is a topic for the inevitable Banshee thread.

Aron9000
08-13-12, 05:09 AM
The only mermaids I know about....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hqJKZVnNLT0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJVs3qprmSw


http://assets.explainthisimage.com/hashed_silo_content/silo_content/12359/resized/clown2.jpg

Dr Roxo approves this post!!!

brandondeleo
08-13-12, 05:10 AM
It's a good thing I'm at work. Alone. In a big hotel. At least I don't have to sleep. That picture will haunt my dreams forever.

Submariner409
08-13-12, 02:45 PM
It's a good thing I'm at work. Alone. In a big hotel. At least I don't have to sleep. That picture will haunt my dreams forever.

Why ?? Close friend/phonecam catch you with your hair down one night ????

Pdabs
08-14-12, 03:14 PM
Mer-man...Mer-man



(zoolander)