THE OFFICIAL US government website for its National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has made a brave declaration: there is no evidence that mermaids exist.
Or as it puts it more snappily in the headline:
No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.
While the NOAA confirms that a “belief in mermaids” has been around since “the very dawn of our species” pointing to Stone Age paintings of mythical female figures, it says that no evidence has been found that such a creature exists.
The department then poses itself the question:
Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers and anthropologists.
Well, that’s not a very satisfying answer, is it?
We believe in Ariel…
And mermaid hairdos…
But we’re a little bit scared by the mermaids from the Pirates of the Caribbean (skip to the very end of the vid):