Mermaids aren’t real?

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.

Following and sharing are welcome, too.  😉

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35 thoughts on “Mermaids aren’t real?

  1. darcyflynn

    Love it, Diana! I’m partial to dragons and griffins. Both are very cool mythological creatures. I especially love the movies and books where dragons are friendly and talk to humans! 🙂 Gota’ love fantasy!

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  2. Nicole Grabner

    I don’t know that I ever wanted to be a mythological creature, but I know that I for sure wanted one when I was a little girl – Pegasus! The thought of a flying horse jump started my imagination and makes me smile today. Cute post! 🙂 Can’t wait to read the next one!

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  3. Gilliad Stern

    I would have to follow along the dragon front. They are by far my favorite mythological creature, you should see my writing office. Great post, you killed it with the humor.

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  4. Marcy Kennedy

    Tough one. I’d love for unicorns to be real, but then I’d be worried people would start hunting them for their horns. At least dragons can protect themselves 🙂

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  5. Rachel C

    @dianabeebe… I have to disagree about mermaids not being social. I think Ariel was perfectly social! lol I love mythical creatures too. I totally relate to the mermaid games. My parents had a pool and we used to put those diving rings on our feet to keep them together and swim around like mermaids. Thanks for bringing back the good memories. John were just watching Legend (Tom Cruise/Mia Sara) a few months ago, with all it’s 80s Tangerine Dream soundtrack. Anyways, my favorite is the Falkor the Luckdragon from The Neverending Story!

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    1. dianabeebe Post author

      Good point about Ariel. 🙂 I loved that movie and the soundtrack. Where have you and John been all my life? Lol Thanks for the reminder.

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  6. Tara

    Congratulations on making your first post, Diana! The first hurdle is the biggest, right? 🙂
    I saw the Animal Planet program, and can understand why people started calling NOAA. The program was pretty believable. And airing on Animal Planet instead of SyFy gave it an air of credibility. But that program has nothing on the best mermaid show ever (come on, you know it) – Splash!! Daryl Hannah, Tom Hanks in his first big screen role, John Candy, and Eugene Levy. Can mer-mythology have any better representatives? I think not, except for those of us who still try to swim like one in the pool 🙂
    With all that said, unicorns have always had a special place in my heart.
    Much love,
    Tara

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  7. TommieLyn

    It’s cool to daydream about a place where mermaids (and unicorns) might be for real. I think most folks wish to add more beautiful things to their lives, and mermaids definitely fit the description. Just ask my granddaughter, who, when she was five, wanted her bedroom decorated a la Disney’s Ariel.

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  9. Julie Glover

    This is awesome! Love that picture. I also adore the idea of mermaids. What a wonderful myth! I REALLY, REALLY want the Loch Ness Monster to be real. I can’t say exactly why, except that it’s the one legend that I kind of think was true at some point.

    As for other mythological characters, I think a Pegasus would be awfully useful and fun.

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