Mermaids Don’t Exist, Says NOAA
Have you ever wondered if mermaids truly exist? Those fabled aquatic creatures, typically depicted with the head and torso of a girl or woman, and the tail of a fish, are commonly seen singing beautiful songs in various films.
On May 27, 2012, Animal Planet aired a two-hour fictional film “Mermaids: The Body Found”.
The science fiction film unraveled mysterious underwater sound recordings following two scientists who tracked the whale beachings for years and delivered first-hand, on-camera accounts of what they claimed to have discovered in the aftermath of one particular beaching – they claimed to have found the remains of a mermaid.
Apparently, on June 27, 2012 a post by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says that mermaids don’t exist.
“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.,” a statement reads at NOAA’s official website NOAA.gov, noting that these magical female figures first appeared in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago.
The mermaids post is part of the Ocean Facts section of the National Ocean Service website to answer inquiries they receive.
Meanwhile, Keeley Belva, a spokesperson for NOAA’s National Ocean Service, told LiveScience that they are not hitting the Animal Planet’s show.
“The timing was around that time. I think the TV show came out around Memorial Day and we got a few of the questions [about mermaids]. Arguably, yes, the timing is tied to the documentary,” Belva said.
“As we had gotten a couple questions about mermaids, we thought this would be a fun way to talk about it and to have information up about mermaids in different cultures and to draw people into our website and learn more about what NOAA and the National Ocean Service does,” she added.