Mermaids do not exist. An Animal Planet documentary got a lot of people talking last night about the possibility of human-like sea creatures, but the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) wants to make one thing clear: Mermaids do not exist.
NOAA posted a statement on its website today saying that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” despite what you may have heard during the “Mermaids: The Body Found” documentary on Animal Planet.
“The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species. Magical female figures first appear in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when modern humans gained dominion over the land and, presumably, began to sail the seas. Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also abound in mythology — in addition to mermaids, there were wise centaurs, wild satyrs, and frightful minotaurs, to name but a few. But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
“Mermaids: The Body Found,” combined conspiracy theory, ancient mythology, special effects, and awesome re-enactments in order to paint a convincing picture about the existence of mermaids. The filmmakers admitted that the documentary was mainly a work of fiction but apparently the audience wasn’t aware that they were watching a “documentary” based on theory instead of fact.
Discovery reports that one of NOAA’s main goals is public education. So when people start sending the organization questions about mermaids they have to release a statement assuring the public that mermaids are not real. In the past, NOAA has issued statements about other aquatic legends like the Bermuda Triangle and Atlantis.
And now that we have the “official statement” about mermaids out-of-the-way, check out this video of a real life mermaid!