How many of you caught the sequel to Mermaids: The Body Found on Animal Planet last night? Mermaids: The New Evidence brings forth new and compelling evidence that an aquatic relative of ours could in fact exist. To someone like me who collects mermaid/ocean memorabilia, preaches the Aquatic Ape Theory, and strongly believes that there’s no way our delusional species has discovered everything living within the massive ocean that covers more than half our world — these two specials were very exciting! But I’m no fool. Aside from the CGI, hired actors, and less-than-convincing footage presented, a government that supposedly went to great lengths to keep all evidence of an aquatic humanoid from ever getting into the public eye would NEVER allow something like this to air on national television if the footage was authentic.
So instead of picking on Animal Planet when they clearly included a disclaimer in the credits for mocking evidence, I want to highlight very important topics and concerns that they intended to raise:
1. The Aquatic Ape Theory — could this be Darwin’s missing link?
2. U.S.Navy Sonar Testing — this is killing marine mammals across the globe.
3. Coexistence — the majority of humans are horrendously disconnected from nature.
The Aquatic Ape Theory (AAT)
For those of you who are unfamiliar with this theory, it is by no means a hokey proposition for the existence of mermaids. Sir Alister Hardy (1896 – 1985) was an English marine biologist who later went on to be the first Professor of Zoology at the University of Hull in England. His research in the evolutionary hypotheses later made him one of the most radical theorists in history. Being a marine biologist, Hardy realized that the unique fat content beneath human skin in contrast to all other land mammals was very much similar to marine mammals. This brought him to suspect that human ancestors may have spent time in semi-aquatic habitats.
Hardy waited almost 30 years before making his theory public for fear of being shunned. In the meantime, he racked up loads of research to back up his hypothesis, and some of his suggested evidence includes: our fat content that is similar to blubber, the webbing between our fingers (which apes do not possess), ocean-based nutrients that are necessary for brain function, bipedalism, hairlessness, the ability to hold our breath for an extended period of time, and even our development of language. Where water taught us to control our breathing (and iodine and essential fatty acids boosted our intelligence), we were able to manipulate that control into verbal communication.
U.S.Navy Sonar Testing
Whales and other marine mammals are much more dependent on sound for communication and orientation than land mammals. Other senses lose their effectiveness in water, and sound moves 4 times faster under water than in the air. This being so, scientists are concerned that the increase ambient noise in the world’s oceans caused by ships, sonar, and marine seismic surveying is harming marine mammals. The loud noises can cause brain hemorrhaging, which kills these mammals, and the foreign sounds confuse them, which may be the cause of mysterious beaching patterns.
Humans have an extensive history with poor coexistence: slavery, prejudice, genocide, the growing rate of endangered species. Western society has numbed our ability to survive without the use of technology, processed food, and constant shelter. The more we try to live against nature, the more our humanity will continue to wane. If wildlife isn’t a strong enough reason to quit harming the sea, the main source of life on Earth, then the possible existence of relatives should be.
If there is a possibility that the government is keeping the existence of mermaids, or aquatic relatives, a secret and are still going forth with sonar testing and other harmful endeavors at sea, then this is no better than other genocides in history, like the Holocaust, the Trail of Tears, or the Rwandan Genocide. I think further research in the existence of aquatic humanoids should be conducted in a safe and humane method. If there are humans of the sea, which the Animal Planet special was suggesting from the unfamiliar “bloop” frequencies recorded underwater, then we owe it to ourselves to keep the peace and clean up our mess.