SCIENCE

Tiktok video revives mermaid claims with footage from fictionalised documentary

Published on 05/10/2022 at 10:06

A viral video on TikTok features an extract from a morning show on South Africa’s national television promoting a broadcast purportedly confirming the existence of mermaids. While some users expressed their disbelief at the footage, others took it at face value. But the claim is false: AFP Fact Check found that the morning show segment was part of an April Fool’s Day joke in 2014 and incorporated a fake documentary created by Animal Planet.