Do Mermaids Really Exist?
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?
Mermaid Photographs - The elusive Mermaid Venus Day
This is a photograph of a mermaid, courtesy of Tail Man Productions.
- 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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