The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has declared mermaids do not exist after a “science” TV show featuring mermaids was aired.
“But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists,” NOAA said on its website.
It noted the half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea had been chronicled in maritime cultures since time immemorial.
It added the belief in mermaids may have started at the 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,” NOAA said.