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Mermaids: The New Evidence is a Fake Documentary

Last year, David and several other marine science bloggers debunked Animal Planet’s amazingly fraudulent mermaid foc-u-mentary (yes, I’m coining that term for fake documentaries that show absolute disdain for their audience. It’s not satire. It’s not parody. It’s a giant middle finger to the public). No need to retread old ground–read the original coverage:

In case you missed them (and who could blame you if you did), here are screen captures of the disclaimers briefly shown at the end of Mermaids: The New Evidence stating that the show is a work of fiction.

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UPDATE: Here are three articles about real marine animals that are significantly more awesome than fake mermaids.

Interested in some good ocean science fiction? Why not check out Fleet: The Complete Collection (also in paperback)!

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