I had a different idea for my first post, but then I heard about the announcement that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration made recently that “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”
Really? All this because Animal Planet ran a science fiction episode about what if mermaids were an evolutionary possibility? You can see their press release information for yourself.
I haven’t seen the show, but there were some viewers who thought the information was believable enough to contact NOAA to ask for proof. NOAA’s brief announcement was wise to point out
the obvious that the question of the mythological creature won’t be answered by them.
No worries. Mer-mythology is still safe.
As a kid, I played mermaid games in the pool with my siblings and cousins. We kicked our legs together and pushed ourselves through the water. It was hard work keeping my feet in line and legs bending just right to get the best mermaid movement through the water. Aquaman had it easier and could communicate with sea creatures. I wanted that gift.
As an art major (very briefly) in college, I had to do a full-sized self portrait. I made myself a mermaid.
This is where my 14-year-old appropriates a quote from a Harry Potter character: “Are you sure that’s a real mermaid? Well, it’s not very good, is it?” (You can see why I changed my major.)
News alert: Diana Beebe is not a mermaid and never was a mermaid. This is only a photograph of an art assignment, not of a mermaid. No calls to NOAA or any other agency to check, please.
Does that mean mermaids aren’t real?
Even though archeological, biological, zoological, or any other -logical evidence doesn’t exist, the fascination and love of mermaids exists worldwide. It would take pages to list all the movies, books, and TV shows that include merpeople.
A friend of mine writes a blog about all things mer, including many people who have their own tails and spend their time working to protect our world’s oceans. Check out Cynthia’s blog and then tell me mermaids aren’t real.
I imagine that those people who contacted NOAA for answers after watching an episode of science theory feel a little bit silly chasing a red herring (sorry, couldn’t resist at least one pun).
What mythological creature would you love to see found, or not? Why, or why not? I’d love to hear what you think. Leave a comment below.
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