Like Ariel, are mermaids just longing to be part of our world?
If you believe filmmaker Charlie Foley, whose “documentary” Mermaids: The Body Found aired this past weekend on Animal Planet as part of “Monster Week,” then yes.
The speculative documentary (a.k.a. not real. A mermaid is not going to attack you while you nap on the beach, okay?) explored the myth of the underwater princess — but she’s not the sweet-singing Disney version. The CGI mermaids from the film were dead ringers for the scary merpeople from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, or rejects from the set of Avatar. The theory presented by the movie suggested that long ago, a group of human ancestors evolved to become sea creatures — this is called the aquatic ape hypothesis and is an actual theory put forth by some researchers. If you buy into it — or maybe saw The Thirteenth Year too many times as a kid — then this is where mermaids come from. The Animal Planet movie explains that when a real-life mermaid was found alive on a beach, a big government cover-up ensued so that no one would find out…until now. READ FULL STORY