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Do Mermaids Really Exist?

Updated on June 27, 2015

The Mystery of Mermaids

I've always been fascinated with mythological creatures, especially mermaids. I do have a keen interest in the oceans and the wondrous creatures that live beneath the sea.

My love of mermaids started as a young girl. I was attending an art show and came across one of the most beautiful creations on canvas. It was at least six feet tall, and the painted image of a highly detailed mermaid. Every scale painstakingly rendered. It was amazing. I can't imagine how much time it took for the artist to paint. It certainly made an impression.

Speculation and Stories

There has been much speculation on the existence of mermaids. Seafarers from the past reported sightings many times. There were also sightings of sea monsters. Legends of Sirens who lure men to their death with their lilting songs are known worldwide. One of the best known stories, "The Little Mermaid," by Hans Christen Anderson has been translated into many languages and adopted in a Disney movie (though the endings are so different it makes me sad). I do wish Anderson's story was conveyed truly, but I guess then it wouldn't be the blockbuster it was with children and families, but back to the main topic.

Do mermaids really exist? There have been reported sightings from sailors of the past, everything to the feminine flip of a tail in the water to the calling of a Siren's song. The stories of mermaid sightings are known around the world, so is it possible they actually exist? On one hand it is speculated that the sightings were actually those of manatees or other sea animals, which may have been construed as mermaids. It would get tiresome out on the sea for months at a time and seeing a beautiful seductive lady in the water could be the overactive imagination of a lonely sailor.

Then again, there are many creatures that did exist at one time, but are now extinct. Even today scientists are discovering new species of aquatic life. We have some technology to study down into the depths of the ocean, but yet much of that realm will remain untouched, unseen by human eyes. The oceans are vast with staggering depths we still cannot explore. Can the existance of mermaids be a possibility? I imagine it's up to each person's speculation. What do you think?

What's Your Opinion?

Do you think mermaids really exist, or are they just folklore. Share your option by voting below.

Do You Think Mermaids Exist?

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Mermaid Photographs - The elusive Mermaid Venus Day

This is a photograph of a mermaid, courtesy of Tail Man Productions.

Mermaid Trivia

  • Mermaid folklore first appeared in Assyria, ca. 1000 BC.
  • A male version of a mermaid is known as a "merman"
  • In the past manatees were mistaken for mermaids


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      othellos 4 years ago

      Thank you for publishing this lens. It was an enjoyable read.

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      OrganicMom247 5 years ago

      I enjoyed reading your lens. Thanks!

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      Kristen 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      I would love to believe in mermaids! Either way the stories fascinate me. Fun lens!

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      Very interesting lens, I often wonder about the reality of such mysterious creatures - thanks for sharing! :)

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      theenchantedlan 5 years ago

      I was more of an disbeliever at first but when I stumbled upon this , It made me wonder.

      If you haven't seen it yet you should check it out.

      By the way, great lens :)

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      fugeecat lm 6 years ago

      This is a great lens and I agree with you disney's version did not quite match up with the original story.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      glad to have browsed by, your lens topic intrigued me, because its creative I gave you a 'thumbs up'!

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      Lorelei Cohen 6 years ago from Canada

      Best wishes.

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      katerinaart 6 years ago

      Hi Appollonia thank YOU so much for my mermaid feature art :) that's an inetersting topic.article, i tend to believe like it was written that in the past a lot of creatures did exist at one time, but are now extinct, personally i believe they existed i mean they had to i don't think we would have these creatures in art, stories, books if someone never saw them or left some proof of them so yes i believe they existed r who exist today too :)

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      Appollonia 6 years ago

      @VoodooRULEs: Thanks for your input Voodoo. I've incorporated your option into the poll (though you probably can't vote again). Still, the feedback is appreciated!

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      VoodooRULEs 6 years ago

      i wish you had added a response in your poll for those of us who are too grown up to believe but still have child like spirit that wish for things like mermaids! I selected It's possible as the closest answer!

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      James Jordan 6 years ago from Burbank, CA

      I was just talking about mermaids with my client!!! How funny. Her daughter is reading a book about a girl who finds out she is a mermaid in jr. high!

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      S Kurniawan 6 years ago from Bandung, Indonesia

      Mermaids.. Where are you?

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      The mystery is still alive. Fascinating subject and a nice lens!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Welcome to Squidoo. I would love to think that Mermaids really exist.

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      Craftyville 6 years ago

      I love mermaids too!