It was very entertaining and even chilling at times (note: I don't get creeped out easily) but you could tell that it was all 100% reenactment. They try to trick you with the interviews by using other people to play the person being interviewed, like a real documentary would.
I am absolutely against their pushing this as a factual documentary. Did they warn viewers that it was actually all speculative? I didn't see a notice anywhere. That's very shady of them. And to prove my point further, they created these idiotic fake websites and made it look like DOJ had seized the site. How pathetic! This is the Fourth Kind all over again. Here's their site: http://believeinmermaids.com/
Anyone who knows anything about HTML codes will see that the DOJ notice is also a fake (is that even LEGAL!?) It's hosted on their own server and this isn't how DOJ operates with websites.
Put more eloquently by columnist Brad Newsome of The Syndey Morning Herald:
"The version that I saw doesn't even do viewers the courtesy of admitting that it's fake until the credits are about to roll," and dismissed the "aquatic ape" theory, a real hypothesis first proposed in 1942 and presented in the show, as "rather fringe." He also wrote, "People love that sort of stuff, I get it. But it belongs on more tabloid channels that don't have any pretensions of scientific or historical credibility."Don't misunderstand, as surely some probably do. Obviously the avatar looking "mermaids" were computer created. Also, it's obvious that the cell footage is recreated. That's not my point. The point that they would make up scientists, fake interviews and then do reenactments of something that was already fake is just pathetic.
Animal Planet and anyone else who partakes in making fake documentaries and trying to fool people immediately loses credibility. Do you know of anyone who enjoys being made a fool of? I don't. How arrogant of them. I wonder what other fake documentary they've got up their sleeves. It was fun to watch though. Maybe they should just stick to making mockumentaries.
This mockumentary would have done very well to air on SyFy... seriously. For a moment I forgot I was watching Animal Planet, and thought I was watching SyFy. Also, I would have been far less peeved.