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Are Mermaids Real? You Decide

Real Mermaids

Headline: May 27, 2012: Discovery’s Animal Planet aired a show called "Mermaids:The Body Found." Since its airing it has created quite the stir with audiences and officials alike.

Deemed to be a documentary, the two hour special led many to believe that the story was real and mermaids are not just a legend. It was so convincing that many viewers called the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to learn more about the creature’s existence and wanted proof that the body of a mermaid really exists.

While the NOAA claims that the documentary was fictional and that no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found, many viewers are still convinced there mermaids are real and not a myth.

“Mermaids: The Body Found” Airs Again

On July 15, 2012 the Discovery Channel re-aired the two hour special. The network was straightforward and stated that the special is based on incomplete facts, information and myth. The program description asked the viewer’s several questions about mermaids:

  • "What if there's a kernel of truth behind the legend of this mythic creature?"
  • Is the idea of mermaids really so far-fetched? Maybe so, maybe not.

Additionally, the press release for the show states that the two hour special is science fiction based on some real events and scientific theory. The network further describes the show as “utilizing science as a springboard into imagination and centering the story on the following real-world events.”

Despite the pre-advertisement on the pseudo-documentary, viewers believed that a mermaid body had actually been found and that mermaids are real. The calls to the NOAA were so numerous that the organization decided to release a statement to deflate the theory and myth. The NOAA confirmed that the sea creatures do not exist.

However, the NOAA is a federal agency that focuses on the condition of the ocean and the atmosphere not aquatic life. Even the organization states that the existence of mermaids is a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.

“Mermaids: The Body Found” 2 Hour Special

The engaging special makes a very strong case for the existence of mermaids. The show describes the mermaid’s evolutionary history and uses computer-generated imagery (CGI) to vividly illustrate their possible advancement. As well, there are detailed conspiracy theories about the creatures that are at times whimsical in nature. Equally, the show backs up a lot of theory with facts that are quite convincing and that are mermaids are not just legend.

The special tells a story about two former NOAA scientists who investigate whale beachings possibly caused by sonar. While researching they record a mysterious underwater sound similar to the “Bloop”. They also salvage 30% of the remains of an unidentified creature inside a great white shark. The creature has hands and not fins, and a hip structure similar to humans. As well, there is a convincing video of two children on the beach who discover a mermaid body. While the two hour show is claimed to be fictional there is actually a lot of truth to the story.

The Bloop

The Bloop is an actual term for an unexplained ultra-low frequency sound identified by NOAA in 1997. The Bloop still remains a mystery and is quite baffling to most all scientists. According to NOAA, the sound rises rapidly in frequency for about a minute and is of ample amplitude that can be heard on various sensors at a range of over 5,000 km. In fact, Dr. Christopher Fox of NOAA does not believe it is man-made sound like a submarine or a geological event such as an earthquake. The Bloop has many believing that mermaids are real.

Green Comet

Green Comet

Aquatic Ape

Charlie Foley, the writer and executive producer of “Mermaids: The Body Found” says that the mention of aquatic ape in the show is real and has been studied for generations. Mr. Foley further explains that the whale beachings, Navy Sonar and the Bloop are also real. Furthermore, Charlie Foley explains that 95 % of the ocean still remains unexplored and the existence of mermaids isn’t totally implausible. He further explains that there is much to explore and even in the past two decades two new species of whales were discovered.

The Aquatic Ape Hypothesis is the theory that humans lived by the shore for 10,000s to 100,000s years and spent a lot of time in the ocean waters fishing, diving and swimming. Later humans moved to the savanna and where quite physically different than the ape (Darwin’s Theory). In theory, it is believed that bipedalism, hairlessness and other characteristics evolved when human and ape lines first deviated.

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Other Convincing Attributes of the Special

Mermaids: The Body Found not only used CGI for special evolutionary effects but they used actual science such as:

  • DNA analysis
  • Cellular analysis
  • Real cave paintings
  • Creditable references like NOAA
  • Believable links between humans and dolphins
  • Possible links in cultural history about mermaids
  • Thought-provoking evolutionary characteristics of humans
  • Accentuated real events such as Navy sonar and whale beachings

Petroglyphs and Mermaids

There have been numerous findings of mermaid petroglyphs throughout the world. These petroglyphs are enough to convince many people that mermaids are real. Some of these petroglyphs are more than 100,000 years old.

  • India: Chhattisgarh (part of Dakshin Kosal) was a colony of Kosala kings known to be the Chhattisgarh state and western Orissaa region of India. It is very rich in rock paintings ranging from the Mesolithic to Historical period. Dating back to 30,000 BC the sites rock paintings are of mermaids, snakes, birds, kangaroo-like animals, dancing men and hunting scenes.
  • South Africa: In the mountains near Oudtshoorn in the Little Karoo are inexplicable mermaid paintings that have baffled archaeologists for years. These painting are very unique and are engraved into the walls not painted. The paintings have been referred by the native people as water spirits or mermaids. There is also a legend in the Karoo which speaks of a beautiful mermaid that can be seen sitting on a rock combing her hair. Tales about the mermaid are still active today; children are warned not to go near deep pools because Water-auntie or the Water-meid might pull them in.

Legends and Findings of Mermaids

Assyria, ca 1000BC: Legends say that Atargatis the goddess of Syrian had fell in love with a shepherd boy and became pregnant. She was so distraught that she jumped into the ocean to kill herself yet turned into a mermaid instead with a mermaid-human above the waist and a fish below. Afterwards Atargatis was known as the goddess of the sea.

Duram Castle in Duram, England: Built around 1078, the Norman Chapel has one of the earliest illustrations of a mermaid in England. The mermaids are carved on a great Norman stone pillar that is located on the south face of the castle. English mermaid tales (or myths) vary; some are as big as 2,000 feet (610 m)and some swim upstream to fresh water lakes. The mermaid is described as both unlucky and beneficial depending on the legend.

Germany and Scandinavia: As early as 1180 to 1210 the German Nix or Nixe is said to lure people into the water to drown. A Nixe is a type of mermaid and mermen who are connected to the Danube River in central Europe. The males are shape shifters taking the form of fish, snake and human. The female is said to be beautiful with a fishtail. The Scandinavians call the merman a Nix who plays an enchanting violin song to entice women and children into the lake to drown. The Nix is also a shape shifter.

Are mermaids real? Many legends handed down for centuries state that mermaids are real and not a myth.

Are Mermaids Real?



Throughout history there have been sightings of mermaids and people who swear that mermaids are real.

Men at Sea: In 1493 Christopher Columbus described seeing three "female forms" that came high out of the water off the coast of Hispaniola. He described their beauty as deceiving. Edward Teach also known as Blackbeard the infamous English pirate had written in his logbook numerous times on how he instructed his crew to avoid the “enchanted” waters. Blackbeard and his crew had reported seeing mermaids and merfolk on several occasions. There were also sightings near Victoria and Vancouver BC Canada reported by seamen between 1870 and 1890. Another sighting outside of Victoria in 1967 by BC Ferry passengers claimed that they saw a mermaid sitting on a rock eating a salmon at the entrance to Active Pass. Legends say that the mermaid had long blonde hair and the body of a porpoise.

Kiryat Yam Israel: On August 2009 the coastal town offered a $1 million reward for proof of the mermaid that had been reported numerous times. The young mermaid was said to be half fish and human and would appear at night to perform a few aerial tricks. One of the first people to see the mermaid was Shlomo Cohen, who said he was with friends when they saw a sunbather. He stated that when they got close it jumped into the water and disappeared. He also commented that he was in a state of surprise because he noticed that the sunbather had a tail.

Zimbabwe, South Africa: In Janurary 2012 the Zimbabwe reservoir construction is stopped because workers claim they are being hounded by mermaids. In the towns Gokwe and Mutare workers refused to return to the sites and were quite terrified. According to the local minister, workers say that some people have mysteriously disappeared while many people have been chased away by the creatures. Later in in Ferurary 2012 the mermaid-plagued dam was up and running after a traditional ritual of beer was offered to the water spirits.



Baroque and Renaissance Era: Victims of Mermaid Syndrome (Sirenomelia), dugongs and dried carcasses of a ray or skate were commonly exhibited in a Cabinet of Wonder called wunderkammer as mermaids. Even P. T. Barnum displayed a fake called the Fiji mermaid in his museum back in the 19th century. In fact, in 2004 when the tsunami hit the Indian coast there were pictures of the Fiji “mermaids” that supposedly washed up on shore during the devastation.



Determining if mermaids are real may be mind-boggling, especially if you watched the two hour special called“Mermaids: The Body Found”.

There is a lot of information on the Internet about mermaids, some say it is a myth and others would bet their life on a mermaid’s existence.

Unless you have actually seen one you may never know. And if you did see one I doubt if anyone would really believe your story, for they would truly retell it as a legend or folklore.

Are Mermaids Real? You decide.

Please, Oh please, if you have any mermaid stories, I would love to hear them. Thank you!


mecheshier (author) on July 19, 2020:

Peachy Thank you for the input and reading the post... Hey, one never knows :-)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on July 19, 2020:

Thanks for sharing such awesome findings. But I guess mermaids are just legend stories

mecheshier (author) on April 05, 2014:

Hi Jenny

Thank you

I am glad that you enjoyed it. I had a great time wring it.

Jenny Howards from Syracuse, NY on April 04, 2014:

Just a wonderful, and knowledgeable article, thank you so much for sharing with us!

mecheshier (author) on March 06, 2014:

Thanks you ravi1991 for the great feedback.

Ashutosh Tiwari from Lucknow, India on March 06, 2014:


Ah ! thanks for sharing such a wonderful article.

mecheshier (author) on March 06, 2014:

Hi ravi1991

Well, sort of. Mermaids evolved from many European legends and also from the Near East, Africa and Asia. In fact, the first mermaid stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover.

Ashutosh Tiwari from Lucknow, India on March 06, 2014:


Mermaids evolved from the English legends, isn`t it ?

mecheshier (author) on January 30, 2014:

Hi kj

Thank you for your feedback. You must tell me more.

kj on January 30, 2014:

I had seen 1 at the river in my village I was shocked and spent a month sick

mecheshier (author) on December 20, 2013:

Hi Ian lloyd hanson brown

Thank you for the GREAT feedback. Yep, one never knows. :-)

Ian lloyd hanson brown on December 20, 2013:

I've already decided right on the right fact that all mermaids were meant to be real and it is really the easyest normal thing or if you really see a mermaid sitting down on a rock near by a beach you might end up getting your good luck this beautiful mermaid will give you a nice kiss right on the cheeck

mecheshier (author) on August 24, 2013:

Hi watergeek... Thank you for the link. :-) Yes, there is some interesting history to the subject and a summary is quite challenging..

Susette Horspool from Pasadena CA on August 22, 2013:

Hi Mecheshier - This is a great article! I just linked it to one I wrote (focusing on speculation) - yours gives details and topics I didn't cover. Hope that's ok with you. Someone mentioned how long this was. It's such an interesting topic, it's hard to write a short hub, isn't it?

mecheshier (author) on April 15, 2013:

Hi Christina

Hmmm, tell me, have you seen one? But you are right, just because one has not seen one does not mean they do not exist.

christina on April 13, 2013:

yes they are real you just have to believe

mecheshier (author) on February 16, 2013:

Hi wachira

Wow, I would love to hear those stories. They sound quite intriguing. Do tell.

Yes, I believe it could be possible that environmental toxins made an impact on mermaid population and other sea creatures. The ocean is still only 05% explored, that leaves 95%.

I don't know why as a race, we can be so naïve. The same with life on other planets. Because we don't see them physically, we don't believe they exist. Yet, it is quite arrogant to state that Earth has the only living organism in the universe.

Many thanks for the vote.

Danson Wachira from Nairobi, Kenya on February 16, 2013:

Hi mecheshier,

African myths and tales also do capture the existence of mermaids back in history. These tales have been passed over and over to generations and although no facts are provided, i believe these creature were in existence and only got extinct due to environmental changes. We have seen different creatures that were reported to be extinct coming back to life e.g some types of fish. Who knows may be mermaids lives among us. Voted up, interesting and shared.

mecheshier (author) on February 16, 2013:

Hi tammyswallow

Yes, me too. But there was so much hype on the subject I felt an article really needed to be done. Thanks for stopping by

Tammy from North Carolina on February 16, 2013:

I watched that documentary. I found it riveting but I still wasn't convinced in the end. This is a very interesting hub!

mecheshier (author) on December 05, 2012:

Yes it is indeed! Without the mysteries life would be quite boring. :-)

Mary Green from Alabama on December 04, 2012:

Who can say for sure? Those who have "seen" them are doubted. We must religate merfolk to the realms of Loch Ness along with Nessie as we trek through the wilds chasing Big Foot, or shiver over our campfires hiding from vampires and werewolves. Ahhh, our world is a fascinating and wondrous place to live, is it not?

mecheshier (author) on November 25, 2012:

Yes I have. I thinks she goes by the name Cris. :-)

mecheshier (author) on November 25, 2012:

Hi sgbrown

I absolutely agree. Just because there is no evidence does not mean that it isn't possible. Thank you for your great reply. :-)

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on November 25, 2012:

mecheshier, absolutely! Haven't you heard of this mermaid from up north yet? Lol! Now, yours to discover! (:


Sheila Brown from Southern Oklahoma on November 25, 2012:

I look at believing in mermaids as I do believing in ghosts. I won't say I believe, but I won't say it's not possible. As you mentioned, there is so much of the oceans that have not been explored. If they recently found new whale species, who can say that there are not mermaids somewhere under the sea! You really did a wonderful job here! Voted up and interesting! :)

mecheshier (author) on November 25, 2012:

Hey mermaid from up north. Can I use you as a reference? :-)

Thanks for the great feedback! I am glad that you enjoyed the Hub.

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on November 25, 2012:

This is quite a lengthy read and probably will be my last stop (for now) but I enjoyed it.

Great hub, fully packed with interesting information and some thoughts to think about. I must commend you for a well researched hub.

From a mermaid up north. ♥

mecheshier (author) on November 19, 2012:

Hi Jeannienabottle

Love the name. It really fits my Hub here. :-) Unicorns would be cool. I believe anything is possible. As humans, we have only explored a minute part of the ocean. I have always felt that just because something cannot be proven by science does not mean it can't exist. Hey, TY for the vote, well appreciated.

mecheshier (author) on November 19, 2012:

Yes there is midget38. In the scheme of things, humans are quite small. :-)

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on November 19, 2012:

I think many people just want to believe mermaids exist. Unfortunately, I don't think they are really out there. Personally I would like to see some unicorns! Cool hub and voted up!

Michelle Liew from Singapore on November 19, 2012:

There is so much we need to know, so such sightings are indeed possible. Thanks for sharing! I share as well.

mecheshier (author) on September 09, 2012:

Hi unknown spy. You have a great point. Yes, with so much unexplored sea territory it would be unrealistic to think that mermaid type creatures don't exist. TY for the feedback.

DragonBallSuper on September 09, 2012:

in my own opinion, mermaids are real... there are mermaids living out there but not the typical mermaids we saw on tv with a beauty of a woman. i think they are really-fishlike creature, not a beauty, resembling a half human body..

mecheshier (author) on August 12, 2012:

Hi g-girl11. Thank you for such wonderful feedback. Glad you enjoyed the Hub.

Splash is a great movie , a classic romance in my book. There have been other mermaid movies but they are not comparable. Yes, pretty amazing theories about mermaids. While the ocean is pretty uncharted/explored who knows what else we may find in the near future.

g-girl11 on August 12, 2012:

Wow! This is fascinating info. I wish I had seen this special on Animal Planet. Not only is the mermaid info. intriguing but the whole "fiction or not" aspect of the special is, too. One of my favorite movies is "Splash" with Tom Hanks and Daryl Hannah where she plays a mermaid off the coast of Cape Cod. Something so romantic about the whole idea--and I had no idea there was any evidence that they may be real! Voted up, interesting, and awesome!

mecheshier (author) on July 30, 2012:

Thank you Ange. Yeah , that was my intent to make people wonder.

Ange1980 from Brisbane, Australia on July 30, 2012:

What a fascinating article. You've put a lot of work into it with great pictures to view. Good work - & now I"m wondering about mermaids....

mecheshier (author) on July 26, 2012:

Absolutely Pricessa, in fact I think it would be foolish of us not to consider the possibilities. Like space, the ocean has basically been unexplored.

Wendy Iturrizaga from France on July 26, 2012:

Very interesting. I have always been fascinated by mermaids and mytical creatures, it is very open minded to believe that there could be much more than what we already know. Why not?

mecheshier (author) on July 23, 2012:

Yes it would be cool wouldn't it. And it would be great to explore the ocean.

lannm from Out here somewhere on July 23, 2012:

I wish they were real for I would love to be a mermaid for a day. How cool would that be.. Lisa

mecheshier (author) on July 22, 2012:

Funny drbj. Splash was a great movie. :-)

drbj and sherry from south Florida on July 22, 2012:

Thank you, mecheshier, for your dutiful and fascinating research. Of course mermaids exist. Just watch the movie, 'Splash!' :)

mecheshier (author) on July 21, 2012:

Thanks Alma. It depends on where one lives I suppose, :-) in some places mermaids are not so nice.

Alma Cabase from Philippines on July 21, 2012:

It would be nice if they were real. So as dragons and other mythical creatures. This hub is very interesting..^^

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