By Poseidon’s Beard! Mermaids Aren’t Real?!
You might want to sit down, because I have some bad news.
According to NOAA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” Check it out: NOAA: No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.
I know. This is a sad, sad day for those of us who bought into the lie of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. It all started with an Animal Planet show called Mermaids: The Body Found, a faux-documentary on the existence of real mermaids that mixed a small amount of truth with an extra-large bucket of science fiction.
To many, it was obviously all in good fun. To others, it was serious enough to warrant a handful of emails and calls to NOAA from curious viewers.
It’s something like the terrified reaction to Orsen Wells’s The War of the Worlds radio broadcast on October 30, 1938 (albeit far less extreme). I guess that, even in this high-tech, cynical world, if something is presented in a realistic way — no matter how fantastic — someone will believe it.
Then again, just because NOAA says they haven’t found evidence of mermaids doesn’t mean they don’t exist. Maybe there’s still hope, after all. Check out my post on The Mermaid Situation to find out more.