In an effort to clear up any potential confusion on the subject of mermaids, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has released a statement confirming that "no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found."
The statement was released in response to a documentary-style film recently shown on Animal Planet, explains Slate.
But Discovery News reports that the show was intended to be treated as science fiction.
According to the show's website, the film "is science fiction based on some real events and scientific theory" and “paints a wildly convincing picture of the existence of mermaids, what they may look like, and why they’ve stayed hidden ... until now."
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