Are mermaids real?
A mermaid in Isreal
According to Livescience.com the new place to find a mermaid, who even does tricks ! is in Isreal, in the town of Kiyat Yam. There people are traveling from all over the world to see a mermaid that was first spotted by shlomo cohen who stated he saw a young girl lying on the sand in a weird way, when he approached the girl jumped into the water and disappeared. What made it even weirder is the fact that the girl seemed to have a fish tale.
Discovery channel Mermaid - a body found
Growing up with the signing “little mermaid”, was a spectacular way to be as a child. In my head Mermaids where beautiful, elegant, really skinny and even a sixteen year old mermaid could have large supple breasts and still look like a child. Regardless, I use to love signing the songs and putting on the sexy costume for Halloween. Growing up we have seen the image of mermaids on TV change, we have the liquid glittering mermaids in “Prince Caspian” the scary mermaids on “Harry potter” and the beautiful yet dangerous Mermaids captured by “Jack sparrow.” The many visions and lore of mermaids make them into something moldable by the imagination.
Which is why after seeing the special on animal planet called “Mermaids, the body found” the question of whether or not Mermaids are real and what they truly look like kept on popping up in my mind.
Ok, to begin with, I should say that the scientists in this documentary are all actors, a simple google search will reveal that the person acting as Paul Robertson, the Noaa Scientists that reveals the Governmental conspiracy, is found in several other Animal planet documentaries, by other names. So like anything in life I took the information claimed in this documentary with a grain of salt.
The documentary begins with a recording that scientist from Noaa found in the deep Pacific in 1997. This recording was what they called a Blup. A new sound that they had never recorded before, something that sounded like language spoken by an unknown entity.
They then go on to describe the Aquatic Ape theory. According tohttp://aquaticapehypothesis.com the Aquatic Ape Theory states that approximately 6-7 million years ago, our ape ancestors were trapped in a semi-aquatic environment. This forced them to search for food in the water and become very comfortable in the water; over time altering their bodies to be more effective in the water. The theory says that a founder population of apes got isolated on an island-like setting when East Africa flooded. So if a population got isolated, they would need to take to the sea for survival. It took whales 50-60 million years to go from fully terrestrial animals to fully adapted aquatic animals.
This is an extremely interesting theory. It basically states that some of our ancestors submerged and survived in the oceans instead of becoming Homo sapiens (US). This will later be linked to the idea that mermaids are our ancestors that split off into the oceans instead retrieving deeper into land.
The documentary states that mermaid found off the coast of Africa inside a great white shark was only 30 percent intact. They began to try to reconstruct the remains. But could not figure out what it was. This is what they did find.
- They took Dna samples. The DNA samples where found to “contaminated” with Human DNA; due to the fact that the sample was so close to the Human DNA.
- They found a collapsible rib cage, which is a feature of marine mammals that have evolved to dive.
- They found bones on what looked like a manatees tail fluke. Manatesse do not have bones in their tails.
- The skull was severely damaged, but they did have a partial forehead plate which contained a hole. Scientist believed this to perhaps be a blow hole like that of a whale.
- Rebecca Davis, Noaa scientist at the time, and part of the group that discovered the mermaid remains, made a resin cast of the partial skull and sent it to a forensic expert, the expert was called Leanne Visser.
- Leanne Visser was able to reconstruct the skull. What they found was that the blow hole was in fact an echolocation formation. Something that is found in dolphins. The skull also had a ridge on the top of it, something that is found in our ancestors and in apes.
- The pelvis had long thigh bones, seals are known to have short thigh bones, but there are no aquatic mammals with long leg bones.
- They found a bone that was not part of the animal, but it had markings and basic designs, so they put it aside for later study. They later realized that this would have been a tool used for hunting, very much like one of our knives today.
- Rebecca Davis tried to make sense of the phalanges, these are the bones that support the flippers of seals or dolphins, but the configuration of the bones could not be set up into any of the known configurations. Until of course she realized that the only configuration that made sense where the same as ours, Hands.
- They found a large spleen, this is normal of aquatic Mammals who have developed the availability to dive for long periods of time. The spleen being the source of oxygen under water.
- They found Hip bones, which it is something that only a creature that had once walked upright like humans would have.
Accounts of mermaids have been recorded in legends and myths in so many cultures that had not had any communications for centuries. The Chinese, Italians, and even Christopher colon told stories about tailed humans.
The Animal planet documentary was a new take on what we all believe to be a myth, lore or legend. There was now a small seed of doubt on anyone who had seen the documentary in regards to the veracity of these tales.
What other cultures and lores had there been in records of all about mermaids. These are some of the one that I found.
An account of a mermaid
In 1610 Capt. Richard whitbourne claimed he saw a mermaid in Newfoundland’s St. James harbor. Encounter with a Newfoundland mermaid, recorded by Richard Whitbourne, 1610:
“Now also I will not omit to relate something of a strange Creature that I first saw there in the yeere 1610, in a morning early as I was standing by the water side, in the Harbour of Saint Johns, which I espied verie swiftly to come swimming towards me, looking cheerefully, as it had beene a woman, by the Face, Eyes, Nose, Mouth, Chin, eares, Necke and Forehead: It seemed to be so beautifull, and in those parts so well proportioned, having round about upon the head, all blew strakes, resembling haire, downe to the Necke (but certainly it was haire) for I beheld it long, and another of my companie also, yet living, that was not then farre from me; and seeing the same coming so swiftly towards mee, I stepped backe, for it was come within the length of a long Pike.
“Which when this strange Creature saw that I went from it, it presently thereupon dived a little under water, and did swim to the place where before I landed; whereby I beheld the shoulders and backe downe to the middle, to be as square, white and smooth as the backe of a man, and from the middle to the hinder part, pointing in proportion like a broad hooked Arrow; how it was proportioned in the forepart from the necke and shoulders, I know not; but the same came shortly after unto a Boat, wherein one William Hawkridge, then my servant, was, that hath bin since a Captaine in a Ship to the East Indies, and is lately there imploied againe by Sir Thomas Smith, in the like Voyage; and the same Creature did put both his hands upon the side of the Boate, and did strive to come in to him and others then in the said Boate; whereat they were afraid; and one of them strooke it a full blow on the head; whereat it fell off from them: and afterwards it came to two other Boates in the Harbour; the men in them, for feare fled to land: This (I suppose) was a Mermaide.”
Atargatis - The mermaid godess
Atargatis (Lady goddess of the sea) was a goddess who makes the mistake, as all gods do in legend, of falling in love with a Sheppard. In a passionate moment Atargatis mistakenly kills the sheppard and in pain and shame she dives into the ocean bowing never to touch land again. However, as she was pregnant (Baby daddy being the sheppard) the child came out half human and half fish, which was what Atargatis herself had transformed as. Of course there are hundreds of legends of how she became half human half fish, because there are always other stories!
Columbus reported seeing mermaids off the Dominican republic in 1493. He claimed to have seen female forms that rose high out of the see but where not as beautiful as they are represented (in lore).
There are medical examples where Human Beings are born with fused legs, this is called Mermaids syndrome, or Sirenomelia, one of the rarest conditions known to man. This happens when the Foetus fails to develop normally below the waist. This results in the fusion of the lower limbs. Although most die within a few hours of being born there are those rare cases like Shiloh Pepin who died on October 24 at the age of ten.
Sweet water mermaids
The Legend of melusina or the sweet water mermaid
The fairy Melusina, who married Guy de Lusignan, Count of Poitou, under condition that he should never attempt to intrude upon her privacy, was of this latter class. She bore the count many children, and erected for him a magnificent castle by her magical art. Their harmony was uninterrupted until the prying husband broke the conditions of their union, by concealing himself to behold his wife make use of her enchanted bath. Hardly had Melusina discovered the indiscreet intruder, than, transforming herself into a dragon, she departed with a loud yell of lamentation, and was never again visible to mortal eyes ; although, even in the days of Brantome, she was supposed to be the protectress of her descendants, and was heard wailing as she sailed upon the blast round the turrets of the castle of Lusignan the night before it was demolished.
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Mermaids in lore
- Mermaids are part of the kingdom of the Faie. They are water dwellers, half woman and half Fish.
- They are known to lure fisherman with their beautiful signing which lure men to their death.
- They are often seen vainly combing their hair, and admiring their reflaction in mirrors.
- They can control weather, and create storms.
- The males are called meremen, they are believed to be uglier.
- They are unlucky omens to fisherman.
- Some cultures believed that they where immortal and could grant wishes.
- Chinese cultures believed that a mermaids tear would turn into a pearl.
- The Russuka, is the Russian version of a mermaid, they where the spirit of young murdered women whose only reason for being was to murder men who might be passing by.
- The Muruska, is the Irish version. They are believed to be wild and out of touch with reality.
- Moroe are also found in Irish Folklore but they are shyier, and gentle. Seing one means a storm is coming.