Mermaids: The Body Found

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on June 1st, 2012

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.

Conspiracy theory or real life? Decide for yourself during the world premiere of Mermaids: The Body Found, Sunday May 27 at 9PM E/P.

Fishermen in rough waters document a strange catch in the nets… something that looks like a man but doesn’t seem human.

Strange footage shot by a young boy shows him and his friend examining the body of something that has washed up on shore. It comes alive and both boys flee… but what was it?

Stolen footage of a science lab shows a large tank with something alive inside… and it is not a fish.

Conspiracy theory or real life? Decide for yourself during the world premiere of Mermaids: The Body Found, Sunday May 27 at 9PM E/P.

About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

37 Responses to “Mermaids: The Body Found

  1. zigoapex responds:

    This re-inactment is science fiction based on some real events and scientific theory, such as the infamous “bloop” recordings oceanographic scientists found in 2004, during the massive beached whale and dolphin event on the coast of Washington State, & all over the world.

  2. stompy responds:

    I’ll watch the movie, but THIS is fake.

  3. BF Skinner responds:

    My favorite superhero remains Ethel Mer-Man.

  4. Redrose999 responds:

    I must say, I saw this, and was very impressed. It was very exciting and had very interesting “characters”/witnesses telling the story. For me, it made the idea of mermaids very believable. It’s well paced, and told from the perspective of scientists and takes a human evolutionary bent to the concept of mermaids. It reminds me of Animal Planet’s Dragons with mermaids. Anyway, brilliant stuff and I recommend it.

  5. Pete Fischer via Facebook responds:

    What was that?

  6. springheeledjack responds:

    Thanks Craig!

    I’ll tune in and see what they have to say…it’s one of those cryptid/fortean things…always fascinated me, just haven’t bought in yet…have to have some pretty convincing theories, but we’ll see.

    I remember a Destination Truth where they hunted mermaids, but they came up zippo, except for stories and supposed accounts.

    I do NOT however, subscribe to the idea that sailors were seeing manatees and dugongs and mistaking them for mermaids…I don’t care how long they’ve been at sea–manatees are cute, but they don’t look human.

  7. David-Australia responds:

    Sounds like another fishy tail/tale…..

  8. Richard Somebody via Facebook responds:

    A joke, I’m assuming. Surely this isn’t being promoted as having any factual basis?

  9. naus responds:

    The first video looked pretty convincing, but could easily be faked, the one with the boys, looked like computer animation, and the fish tank one looked like an independent film.

    So that leaves us with the first film being the only one that has any chance of being real, but the fact that it fell back into the water, and there is no footage of them hauling back up, for it was well caught in the net and could have been still retrieved, leaves me to think it also is just a hoax.

  10. Dr Kaco responds:

    Awww MAN! A Mock-umentary??? Phoooweee! ;p

  11. shmargin responds:

    Seriously, whats with all this cheesy obviously fake crap showing up on the internet lately, and this one from animal planet? The “stolen footage”? So now the TV networks are helping propagate fake footage for idiots to swear by as being real? Great. I’m sure this will end up getting posted places with some moron saying he knows the guy that filmed it so it has to be real. Give me a break. I hate this crap. We don’t need government regulated Internet 2.0 to make the internet a worthless place of disinformation, we just need more idiots at TV stations thinking about ratings.

  12. Richard888 responds:

    You mean…

    Those 3 videos are supposed to be taken as actual footage? Good thing I read the comments otherwise I would have moved on thinking they were animations prepared for the episode. Now that I think of it I guess the first one looks fairly convincing.

    And I thought the closest mermaids got to being real was the trident creature of Florida.

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  14. fooks responds:

    i watched the whole thing.

    made sense to me. i have an open mind about the aquatic ape theory.

    why the hell not? we dominate the land.

    whether the vids were real or not, i don’t know.

    at least it’s not Aliens! lol!!

  15. jan09 responds:

    I always find it funny that when there’s any crypto-themed fictional entertainment brought to light here, there’s always a fair number of reactions that fall into the categories of “confusion and subsequent critical analysis of the footage to determine its authenticity” or “hostility that the shysters involved are trying to perpetrate a HOAX~! on everybody”. Maybe reading the text that accompanies the pretty pictures would help.

    Anyway, it looks fun and interesting. I was going to say they might have overdone the shoddy camera work, but it’s actually pretty typical of the average crypto encounters we read about around here. 😉

  16. anthonyp responds:

    if you go to the website shown at the end of the clip (, a page comes up saying that the domain was seized by homeland security.

  17. CutlassAsylum responds:

    Reminds me of “Dragons: A Fantasy Made Real”

  18. Jocko Wainwright responds:

    And this is why I find Animal Planet to be a loathsome channel.

  19. Redrose999 responds:

    I will elaborate, the program is fictional, like Dragons: a Fantasy Made Real. It falls into the genre called Mocumentary, but it does have some fun theories and is worth a watch.

  20. red_pill_junkie responds:

    Lighten up, you guys! It sounds like a fun show.

    And you can call me a wuss, because I did jump with the 2nd video. 😛

  21. flame821 responds:

    I wonder if anyone else has ever heard of the Irish legends of ‘mermaids’. The Saltwater ones were supposed to be beautiful to look at but they would eagerly eat humans. While the Freshwater ones were fugly but avoided humans by any means necessary. I am guessing that the Saltwater Mermaids where somehow ‘morphed’ with the Greek Sirens to explain deaths at sea or to at least offer the possibility that the lost sailors were living it up with lovely ladies instead of feeding critters on the seafloor.

  22. flame821 responds:

    Just got done watching the show, it was surprisingly good. I especially liked the last few minutes when the two scientists explained that they don’t want to find the mermaids anymore since we, as a species, have a bad habit of killing things off and that the mermaids would be safer if they stayed hidden. It reminds me of a lot of the feelings expressed regarding “What if we did find Bigfoot” article the other day.

    The Aquatic Ape Theory was a nice touch too. Although I will complain about the CGI mermaids as I felt they resembled the blue aliens from Avatar a bit too much. Still that one segment with the mermaid scout protecting his pod from the Megalodon was heartbreaking.

  23. BOOTYMONSTER responds:

    i watched it too. for some reason i expected it to based in reality. the recordings sounded nothing like bloop though and then i realized it was a mockumentry. i still enjoyed the show though, just like i enjoy professional wrestling.

    but actually, i’m more interested in seeing how many folks believe it. most folks aren’t crypto savvy in the least and will just assume because an apparently authoritative person said something that it’s entirely true. but i must admit, it looked more professional and believable than finding bigfoot, LMAO >

  24. texasbeliever responds:

    I thought the footage looked faked, but if you believe the people giving their statements, I wonder if anyone has proposed that the Navy is using that sonar to disable the mermaids so they can collect them?

    Again, I thought it was fake and I’m not saying I believe in mermaids, but if there was any truth to the story, what better way to capture them while “conducting sonar testing?’

  25. Desertdweller responds:

    I watched the “Hatfields and McCoys” on the History Channel instead.

    This was a true story based on real incidents, involving actual people.

    A very powerful series.

  26. springheeledjack responds:

    If they’d have made it like Lost Tapes, I would have enjoyed it. Instead, I was left feeling like they just tried to scam me as a viewer. It was crap.

  27. Doomguy responds:

    This show aired at least a year ago in my country. Caught it 5 minutes after it started, and I seriously thought I was watching a real documentary : / (it was dubbed, so I couldn’t really tell if they were acting). Then one of the actors from “District 9” appeared and I went D’OUGH! It was interesting and entertaining, but nothing else.

  28. Doomguy responds:

    ^meant D’OH! 😛

  29. adrianaitken responds:

    re the website, considering Homeland Security seized it, it’s strange they are allowing Discovery Communications, LLC of Maryland to still own it and control the DNS records.
    Oh yes, that means it’s a fake website.
    Perhaps someone should tell Homeland Security about the website and see how much trouble Discovery really can get into with libelling a government agency 🙂

  30. Nny responds:

    @adrianaitken — jeez, lighten up. Without looking into this ‘webpage scandal’ I’d assume any reasonable person who took the time to /question/ if DHS seized the page, they’d see Discovery stilled owned the DNS records. Perhaps you should contact DHS yourself so they can bring their wrath down on the real website about fictional mermaids. 🙂 Because that’s totally important.

    @ the FAKE, HOAX, and general negative comments…

    This special was awesome. I never thought twice about mermaids before, but that special totally got my mind racing with fantasy. It was really good. Yes, it tried to come off as real. It did a decent job of it, I guess, considering how many people needed to chastise it for being fake.

    Check out Incident At Loch Ness. The first half of Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Verner. The Last Broadcast (Jersey Devil). The Poughkeepsie tapes (if you have the intestinal fortitude). Just about anything directed by Christopher Guest.

    What this special did was nothing new. It’s a mockumentary. The exact same vein as found footage movies.

    I guess it’s awesome that it did such a good job that skeptics and believers can unite and point their finger and shout ‘Fake!!!’ Well duh. Never supposed to be real. Just supposed to make you /think/.

    It was way better than any single episode of Finding Bigfoot, in my opinion.

  31. BOOTYMONSTER responds:

    a great mockumentry ! i thoroughly enjoyed it 🙂

    it actually had more science fact (blown out of proportion of course) than all the episodes of finding bigfoot that i’ve seen combined too . LMBFAO !!

  32. Mibs responds:

    Looks like great entertainment better suited for the SyFy Channel

  33. DJdip responds:

    Mermaids The Body Found documentary is fiction based but they have presented actual theory of evolution. I liked watching it. If any of you guys want to watch I will share the link here.

  34. Nny responds:


    I would agree. But something closer to the SciFi channel than SyFy. That being said, I mean the channel maybe 10 or 20 years ago (my age is showing :-/ ).

    This mocku was way too good for SyFy these days, in my opinion.

    And Animal Planet is obviously changing their demographic/lowering their standards from years ago as well. In my opinion.

  35. HulkSmashNow responds:

    Even had to weigh in on this and debunk it. I’m just glad I didn’t waste DVR space for this. What the hell happened to Animal Planet?

  36. Piltdown responds:

    It was just a fun mockumentary. I am totally not a Government disinfo agent.

  37. day247 responds:

    Dr Paul Robertson’s, former NOAA scientist, website has been seized by the DEPT. OF Homeland Security. GO TO It has an authentic looking seal across.

    Deadly sonar technology that has killed many water animals is real. Use Google Patents and you will find a few.

    The Discovery Channel’s, The Mermaid: Body Found, fake video footage of the cell phone image of the mermaid by the young boy actors was done to protect the real people’s identity. Of course it was not real.

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