Ha! Just kidding!
Mermaid lore can be found in just about every culture and era. With a human torso and a fish tail, she’s usually beautiful and fast. Some are sirens who sing mesmerized sailors to their deaths. Some rescue drowning men. The mermaid mythology and history are as varied as the kinds of fish in the oceans.
See mermaid history and references: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid
You can search online and find several companies that make custom tails in any color so you can be a mermaid or merman. The entertainment industry for merpeople varies from kids’ parties to Renaissance Festivals to oceanic conservation and education.
In a thousand years, archeologists might uncover some photographs of mermaids and think they are some extinct species of humanoid fish. (LOL. I can’t be the only person who wonders if we got some things wrong about ancient civilizations’ belief systems. 😀 )
Remember when Animal Planet caused a War of the Worlds type of ruckus with the first airing of their mermaid show? Some viewers thought that the show was a documentary. Then they aired the science fiction show again. Sigh. That first airing is the subject of my very first (and favorite) post: “Mermaids aren’t real?” (the one that started Mermaids Don’t Do Windows).
Did you know that Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid was really a tragedy? If you were a merperson, what colors would you be? Would you have special powers? Tell me your story if you were mer!