A mockumentary is a fake documentary. All the documentaries below were presented to you as factual, researched, and true. They are all fake.
Submarine isn’t real, Cryptid the swamp monster is fake, Megalodon does not exist anymore, Timothy Darrow is not real and there are not cannibal hobbits in Indonesia, and mermaids are most definitely not real.
Submarine was a documentary about a giant great white shark that was attacking people. The great white Submarine does not exist. This is a mockumentary made by Discovery for Shark Week.
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast
A mockumentary, with a fake “swamp Beast” that aired on the History channel. Notice the fictional part in the description.
Cryptid: The Swamp Beast mixes legends with eyewitness accounts and crafts them into an entertaining and scary fictional story that speaks to America’s macabre history of folklore.
Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives
Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives is a fake documentary (mockumentary) that claimed that a boat was attacked by a giant shark (Megalodon) and that the extinct species of shark still lived in the deep-sea. It aired during the 2013 Shark Week on the Discovery channel.
Cannibal in the Jungle, which premiered Sunday during Monster Week, on Animal Planet. Cannibal in the Jungle is not real.
It is not based on true events or people, but rather a mish-mash of various scientific facts (that are actually featured in various other TV shows and still provide for vehement debate among scientists). There was no cannibal in that Jungle. There are no little hobbit men going to chase you down and eat you. If you’ve read anything from J.R.R. Tolkien, you know the Hobbits are way too peaceful to be doing that.
THE CANNIBAL IN THE JUNGLE follows the story of an American scientist who was convicted of killing and cannibalizing two colleagues in the jungles of Flores, Indonesia in 1977.
Branded “The American Cannibal” by the press during his trial, Dr. Timothy Darrow defended himself by claiming a mythic human-ape creature was responsible for the murders.
Mermaids: The Body Found aired in 2012 on Animal Planet and later on Discovery…
In 2004, when marine biologist Dr Brian McCormick (Sean C. Michael) stumbled across a recording of mysterious underwater sounds, he launched a scientific investigation to uncover the creature responsible. In search of conclusive proof, he and his research team are called out to an unusual whale stranding in South Africa. Here they find the part digested remains of an animal none of them can identify. As each of its body parts is autopsied, they provide new pieces of the puzzle. As the picture builds, McCormick is drawn to an astonishing conclusion: this new marine creature is related to humans. This two-hour special combines beautiful CGI animation, real natural history, a thrilling contemporary conspiracy theory and a race against time to unveil an ancient secret before it’s too late
Mermaids: The New Evidence
Mermaids: The New Evidence was another mockumentary building on the first mermaid mockumentary Mermaids: The Body Found.
Update 07/09/2015 – Voodoo Shark
Voodoo Shark is a mockumentary (fake documentary) that aired during Shark Week 2013 about the Rooken. The Rooken is a legendary shark that supposedly lives in the Louisiana bayous. It is not real. The filming of this mockumentary was highly deceptive and in essence involved tricking a legitimate marine biologist into appearing in the mockumentary.
A List of Mockumentaries made by Discovery and Animal Planet by Jordan Wunderlich is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.