Wondering what in the underwater world is going on? So are we.
Exactly two months ago, on March 29th, 2012, in response to the original Animal Planet piece, “Mermaids: The Body Found,“ we here at Time No Longer posted a short article, “Mermaids, Sound Weapons and Government Cover-Ups” on our social network site, timenolonger.ning.com
With the Discovery Channel’s Sunday, May 27th re-release (?) of “Mermaids: The Body Found,” and the earnest, growing interest in the subject, we have re-posted our original article here on the blog, along with new and intriguing additional information.
Take a good breath – we’re diving right in to the deep end of reality…
[Original Article - May 29th, 2012]
This Discussion is posted in response to the video added here:
As Interesting as the Story Itself are the Facts Behind It.
I have been doing searches on the people and topics surrounding the NOAA mermaid research and there is, without a doubt, a pretty successful campaign to obliterate all information of it from the internet.
First, there is the website of the NOAA scientist, Dr. Paul Robertson.
And the website mermaidsarealive.com “The real Evidence on Mermaids, From Dr. Paul Robertson,NOAA”
And the website believeinmermaids.com “Mermaids are Real, Real Evidence From Dr. Paul Robertson, NOAA”
You will notice a similar result clicking all those links:
The only information left on the internet concerning the research of this phenomenon is the Animal Planet special itself, a Wikipedia entry calling that program a “mockumentary” ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaids:_The_Body_Found ) and various bloggers, youtube members or forum posters speaking on the topic.
[Update: May 29th, 2012 - Wikipedia's entry was modified today. The original entry described the piece as a 'mockumentary' but now has been edited to contain substantially less data, and refers to the film as 'docufiction'.
[Update: June 1st, 2012 - Wikipedia's "Mermaids: The Body Found" page was created on March 26th, 2012, by "User:Reese457". The original post is quite different than the terse May 29th version. View the entire Draft copy on Wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:WhatLinksHere/User:Reese457
From the Draft: "Mermaids: The Body Found is a two hour special set to air on Animal Planet in the Spring of 2012. The film follows the story of a scientific team’s investigative efforts to uncover the source behind mysterious underwater recordings and an unidentified marine body. In this film, two former National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists Dr. Paul McCormick and Rebecca Davis tell their story on camera for the first time. After investigating mass strandings of whales, the team claimed to have recorded mysterious underwater noises coming from an unknown source. This sound resembled a sound previously recorded in 1977, called the “bloop”. They also claimed to have recovered 30% of the remains of an unknown creature from inside a great white shark which was said to possess attributes of the human body. They alleged that the marine creature had hands, not fins, and the hip structure of an upright animal. These findings, along with many others led the team to determine that this unknown animal was very closely related to humans- possibly a mermaid. To explain the possible origins of mermaids, the team explores a controversial theory called The Aquatic Ape Theory which provides an alternative explanation to human evolution."
One of Reese457's Draft sources includes an interesting piece of news from "livescience.com", titled, "Mermaid Sightings Claimed in Israel", dated for back in August 13th, 2009, which relates the following:
"Locals and tourists in the Israeli town of Kiryat Yam have been flocking to the coast in hopes of glimpsing a creature that most people believe only exist in fairy tales.
An alleged mermaid, said to resemble a cross between a fish and a young girl, only appears at sunset. It performs a few tricks for onlookers before disappearing for the night.
One of the first people to see the mermaid, Shlomo Cohen, said, "I was with friends when suddenly we saw a woman laying on the sand in a weird way. At first I thought she was just another sunbather, but when we approached she jumped into the water and disappeared. We were all in shock because we saw she had a tail."
The sightings apparently began several months ago."
The current Wikipedia entry for "Mermaids: The Body Found" has been extensively edited since the re-release, with the current entry of only 10 lines. View the article's edit history here: http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mermaids:_The_Body_Found&limit=500&action=history.]
Many of those speaking on it [The original "Mermaids: The Body Found"] have come to the conclusion that it is “debunked” based mostly on the claim that Dr. Paul Robertson and a marine biologist by the name of Brian McCormick do not exist.
They are hard to find, but they do exist.
Here is an excerpt from a document by the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, which research is affiliated with NOAA according to the document, and lists Brian McCormick as one individual who contributed to the project.
“The NBNERR Site Profile was made possible through the help of many individuals. Notable contributors and the expertise that they provided include… Sincere thanks also goes to current and former NBNERR staff members who assisted with materials presented in this document, but who did not individually author any of the chapters. These individuals include Robert Stankelis, Kristen Van Wagner, Jennifer West, Matthew Rehor, Kimberly Botelho, Brian McCormick, Alan Beck, and especially Roger Greene…
This publication is sponsored by the NOAA Estuarine Reserves Division and the State of Rhode Island. This publication is also sponsored in part by Rhode Island Sea Grant under NOAA Grant No. NA040AR4170062. The views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the NBNERR, NOAA, or any of its sub-agencies. The U.S. Government is authorized to produce and distribute reprints for governmental purposes notwithstanding any copyright notation that may appear hereon.”
[Screenshot: Note the web address and document title. McCormick's name appears just above the lighthouse picture.]