NOAA: Mermaids Are Not Real

Posted by: Loren Coleman on July 3rd, 2012

The Jewel of Norfolk, a mermaid sculpture located in Norfolk, Virginia. NOAA Photo.

Remember the Animal Planet’s world premiere of the science fiction movie Mermaids: The Body Found, on Sunday May 27 at 9PM E/P?

The film (which fooled some into thinking it was a documentary) made enough ripples that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration had to come out with a clarifying statement:

…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.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

One Response to “NOAA: Mermaids Are Not Real”

  1. Ulysses responds:

    Yes they are real as my three year old son believes and as do I. Why not? There’s still so much to see and discover. No Giant Squid? Indeed. There is so much more and I do believe. Ask Ishi from the Yahi when he walked out of the woods and in the city. Listen to Jimi Hendrix when he sang “A Merman should I turn to be”. He sang of the best of what we can be and what can await us. For some, those days are over but not for me.

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