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Mermaid “Discovered” On The Thames + Research Reveals That 13% Of Brits Believe They’ve Spotted A Mythical Creature

03 May 2018


Almost 1 in 5 (19%) of Brits think there is some sort of mythical sea creature lurking in the Thames, including over 9 million Londoners

1 in 10 (10%) of Brits aren’t sure whether mermaids are real or not.

Over 1 in 5 (22%) of Brits over 16 believe that mermaids do, or could once have, existed, with 6% strongly believing it

Over half (51%) believe we know more about space than we do the depth of the ocean, with 65% believing there are sea creatures out there we are yet to discover

A Siren - otherwise known as a mysterious mermaid-like creature – was spotted on the shore of the River Thames. The discovery coincided with research results being issued to complement the launch of Siren, a supernatural thriller about killer mermaids, premiering on May 3rd at 9pm on SYFY – the destination brand for all things science fiction and fantasy from NBCUniversal International Networks.



Commissioned by SYFY, the research shows that 8.5 million (13%) of the British public believe they have seen a mythical creature, 2 million (3%) claim to have spotted a mermaid. Be it sea serpents, great snakes, the Loch Ness monster or mermaids, almost 1 in 5 Brits think there is some sort of mythical creature lurking in the River Thames, whilst over half of those surveyed (51%) believe we know more about space than we do the depths of the ocean. Nearly two-thirds (65%) feel there are sea creatures we are yet to discover.

On closer inspection, the living statue on the banks of the Thames turned out to be the work of clever prosthetics, body paint and make up, brought to life by talented film and television make-up artist Florence Carter, to promote the launch of the series. But, with 1 in 10 Brits revealing they are unsure if mermaids are real or not, and 1 in 5 adults believing they do, or once could have, existed, it was no surprise that many reacted to this morning’s sighting with fear and bemusement!

Sophie Daniels, 23, from Bushey, spotted the Siren walking her dog, “I thought it was a statue at first as it looked like the Little Mermaid in Copenhagen, but when I got closer it scared the life out of me and my dog!...The scales and skin are so realistic – it’s not what you want to see when you’re alone on a beach early in the morning!”



The Siren was portrayed by actress Samantha Engelbrecht who spent over four hours getting into make-up and costume which including contact lenses, fake teeth, gills, barnacles and almost full body scaling. The prosthetic scales, fins and gills were created using latex moulds with the whole effect taking over three weeks to bring to life.

The creation was inspired by the character of Ryn, played in the new show by British actress Eline Powell. Set in a coastal town that is legendary for having once being home to killer mermaids, Siren tells the story of a battle between man and sea as the predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. The story starts when a bright marine biologist, Ben (Alex Roe), finds himself drawn to Ryn, a curious girl who harbours a deep dark secret. Is Bristol Cove’s new arrival about to prove the folklore all too true?

Follow @SYFYUK for behind-the-scenes footage

Siren starts on Thursday May 3 at 9pm on SYFY with a double-bill

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