Animal Planet, a globally renowned TV channel owned by BBC and Discovery Cummunications, has shed all its ethics to repeat another hoax video about its search for mermaids, a year after the first hoax video and above that has issued a statement boasting its viewers’ rating at 3.6 million that shattered the network’s record so far.
Sunday’s “documentary” Mermaids: The New Evidence one-minute video clip showing a couple of credulous dudes freaking out after seeing a mermaid slither off a rock into the deep blue sea is 100% fake,” cries one website.
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On their part, animal Planet says, “Yup, even bigger than the Puppy Bowl. The program is not only a hoax, but a sequel to a hoax — to last year’s rather effortlessly debunked Mermaids: The Body Found, which fooled more viewers than you’d think.”
The hoax video is perhaps in response to Fox video titled. “Fact or Fiction?”, but even the respected global TV channels are undermining their reputation and fooling people all over the world for ill-gotten viewership.
In fact, immediately after their first hoax video on mermaids last year, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) clearly stated that there is “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
On his part, Animal Planet President Marjorie Kaplan says, “The phenomenon of Mermaids has truly been a watershed – and a watercooler – moment for Animal Planet. These extraordinary television specials have electrified, challenged and entertained television audiences and online fans alike.” So, Animal Planet has a right to make hoax videos in the garb of science fiction and viewers have a right to see or shun.
Who is behind the hoax? “MERMAIDS: THE NEW EVIDENCE” is produced for Animal Planet by Discovery Creative, says its statement proudly. And here are the creative producers:
For Animal Planet, Charlie Foley is executive producer, creator and writer.
For Animal Planet, Vaibhav Bhatt is writer and executive producer and Jamie Dugger is writer and producer.
For Discovery Creative, Matt Katzive and Mary Clare Baquet served as executive producers, Christina Bavetta was director and Lizzie Turkevich was post producer.
What is the option before viewers, say those fooled by these documentary producers? Never trust Animal Planet’s content 100%. It could be another hoax video to mint millions and survive the wrong way.
Guess, what could be the next year’s hoax video from Animal Planet? It should surely be on Chinese mythological dragon or Indian swan.