The Animal Planet programs on mermaids have certainly achieved one objective – that of creating news and discussion.

It has not all been nice – there has been plenty of criticism about the fact that the programs, which contain a lot of fiction, are presented as fact, with an almost invisible tiny disclaimer stating that some of the content is fictional.

But maybe that was the point – to make sufficiently many people actually believe that it was factual to create the uproar that has been seen.   The uproar creates news in itself, and with that some of the other issues get discussed as well, including the US Navy sonar testing which is believed to have killed millions of animals, notably whales and dolphins.