The NOAA is no stranger to paranormal phenomena, but unlike many government agencies they have no problems addressing it and mermaids are no exception. On their website they have added a page about mermaid folklore to go along with their information pages regarding the Bermuda Triangle and Atlantis. They also included a statement that “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
This controversy came about after the showing of Animal Planet’s Mermaids:The Body Found documentary style show. The format of the show seemed realistic enough for many viewers to cause some confusion and require a little clarification from Discovery News:
"Though the filmmakers acknowledged that the film is science fiction, for many people it was indeed 'wildly convincing.' The show was an 'X-Files' type fanciful mix of state-of-the-art computer animation, historical fact, conspiracy theory and real and faked footage sprinkled with enough bits of scientific speculation and real science to make it seem plausible."