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4 Animals Commonly Mistaken for Mermaids

Updated on May 6, 2021
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Not Exactly Mermaids

Whenever I hear mermaids, I think of Ariel. Do these mermaids really exist? People have been spreading rumors about spotting mermaids for a really long time. The truth is, there aren't any mermaids. But what does exist is a set of creatures that are constantly mistaken for mermaids because of their ability to hold themself upright in the water.

These creatures even appear to be cuddling or suckling their young ones which give people an impression from far away that they have spotted mermaids.

People Once Thought These Creatures Were Mermaids!

1. Manatee

Manatees are sea animals that live in the tropical waters of the Atlantic Ocean. They are even found in Florida.

Manatee
Manatee | Source

2. Dugong

Dugongs live in the Pacific as well as Indian Oceans thriving in the warm waters.

Dugong
Dugong | Source

3. Seals

Seals can be found all over the world. These mistaken mermaids are even found in the arctic to the tropics.

Grey Seal
Grey Seal | Source

4. Fur Seals

These animals have a tendency to float on the water surface during the day. They prefer to live in cold water.

Fur Seal
Fur Seal | Source

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