Wednesday June 6, 2012
Real Mermaids--a False Documentary about a Strange Truth
William and Claire Henry were mesmerized and repelled by a documentary that appeared on the Discovery Channel called 'Mermaids: the Body Found.' It featured a group of scientist who claimed that they had discovered real mermaids, but that the information had been suppressed. Their investigation soon revealed that the program was largely fiction. However, there is a powerful reality behind the mockumentary: its depiction of the suffering of whales and dolphins is a very real problem, and the US Navy's cruel use of extremely powerful sonars causes these creatures such suffering that they literally commit suicide to relieve the pain.
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Although the program is fiction, there are deep truths about mermaids, and beautiful truths, that Claire Henry has explored with the reclusive fisherpeople who live along some of England's most isolated and magical shores. Her enthralling report of the capture of an unknown creature that was probably of a type that has given rise to mermaid legends is unforgettable.