There is no evidence that mermaids exist, a US government scientific agency has said.
The National Ocean Service made the unusual declaration in response to public inquiries following a TV show on the mythical creatures.
It is thought some viewers may have mistaken the programme for a documentary.
“No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” the service wrote in an online post.
The National Ocean Service posted an article last week on its educational website, Ocean Facts.
Thats facts that is.
Images and tales of mermaids - half-human, half-fish [The BBC feels the need to explain what a mermaid is] - appear in mythology and art from across the world and through history, from Homer’s Odyssey to the oral lore of the Australian aboriginals, the service wrote.
This does not make it true. Much the same could be said about dragons.
The article was written from publicly available sources because “we don’t have a mermaid science programme“, National Ocean Service spokeswoman Carol Kavanagh told the BBC.
They grabbed it from wikipedia then. That’s what “publicly available sources” means to me. The National Ocean Service which is a new one to me - it’s a part of the NOAA apparently which I do know about - has as it’s top featured article, “Positioning America for the Future”. That’s a lot of heavy lifting! Even with mermaids.