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Mystery Mermaid/Ghostly Guardian
Season 1 - Episode 110
Mystery Mermaid/Ghostly Guardian
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Jael, Ben and Austin hit the Great Barrier Reef to investigate the possibility that we could be living in a world populated by mermaids. Ben and Jael head underwater with intercom devices so they can communicate everything they see to Austin, who is onboard a boat with surveillance equipment. Almost immediately, they pick up a shark, but no sea life resembling a mermaid. Next, they head to the Sydney Aquarium to shoot footage of the dugong, also known as a sea cow, in an attempt to prove that this was a case of mistaken identity. Although the movement is similar, the dugong is far more bulky than the creature from the video.

The next logical step is to see if a woman in a mermaid costume could swim as convincingly as the being caught on camera. Back they go to the Great Barrier Reef, where Jael dons a flippy tail and jumps in the water. Unfortunately, she can't get the movement exactly right and can't hold her breath for long…but when the team recruits a "professional" mermaid impersonator, the results match the footage almost exactly.

Chi-Lan, Larry and Bill attempt to solve the puzzle of a misty smear that appears in many of one family's photos over the course of several years. They pursue the notion that the degradation of the film used to shoot the pictures contributed to this cloudy blur. Chi-Lan duplicates the process by which film would naturally degrade, and while they get some interesting effects, it's not a match. Also unsuccessful was the placement of the camera strap just near the lens. They then attempt to create a hologram blur, but once again are disappointed with the results.

That can only mean one thing: It's time for a nighttime investigation for paranormal activity. They bring in Norma, the woman who took the photos, to participate in an EVP session - and the walkie talkies start buzzing in a strange and uncharacteristic way. When our trio plays the recording for the rest of the team, everyone is struck by it, but they can't confirm or deny it as paranormal. Ultimately, the agreement is that some sort of lens interference is at play in the mystery photos, but the question of whether an unrelated paranormal phenomenon is at play in the house remains open.

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