Wednesday, July 25, 2012

What About the Real Mermaids?

NOAA - the National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Administration - released an official statement earlier this month about mermaids. In that, they don't exist. Read the article on their website here.

But why release a statement that denies something... when most people don't believe in mermaids to start with? Doesn't that seem just a bit, well, fishy?

Every culture around the globe has fairy tales and stories with mermaid-like creatures. Every tale is based on some smidgeon of truth. Why is it so far-fetched to think that there might be a race of creatures adapted to life under the water just as we live on dry land? A race that didn't crawl out of the primordeal ooze, but stayed put and evolved to thrive there...
My soon-to-be-published novel (no release date yet) is a tale of mermaids and undersea wars between the clans. I live on the shores of the Atlantic, and I think there are plenty of things in the ocean we have yet to discover - but why is NOAA coming out so strongly against their existence?

Could they be real?

Could this be a coverup?

Is this Area 51 but on an oceanic scale? A Men in Black scenario of undersea aliens?

There was a recent documentary which aired on the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet, which talked about the what ifs of the existence of mermaid culture. My son saw it while at a sleepover, and a visiting friend talked about it at length on our recent fishing trip. I have yet to watch the whole thing, but have seen the YouTube clips, some of which are so patently faked...

 But... What If...?

Do you believe in Mermaids?


  1. So glad that money is hard at work disproving the existence of things :). I think I more believe that humans consider themselves too clever for their own good, and that nature has a way of proving us wrong. That doesn't mean mermaids do exist, it just means we aren't the keepers of all knowledge of the universe.

    1. You're so right - we discover new things every day. Once upon a time, everyone "knew" for sure that the earth was flat. Who knows what we humans will discover next?

  2. Cool! Can't wait to read your book!

  3. Ewww on the video of the "real" mermaid. What were they thinking?

    I'm not sure if I "believe" in mermaids, but I do think there's plenty out there that we just don't know about. Yet.

    Looking forward to your book! When does it come out?

  4. Hi, Shawna! Hi, Mindy! Thanks for stopping by.

    My book comes out next year - 2013 - so stay tuned and I'm sure I'll be talking about it for the next few months, lol!


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