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Mysterious Myths About Mermaids

Updated on October 22, 2011

Almost every one out there must have seen the cartoon "The Little Mermaid" or read this book in their childhood. The mermaid has always been a creature of mystery, fantasy and unlimited beauty. Its elegance and splendour has been known to enchant people since a very long time. Even now it is one of the favourite cartoon characters of most children.

Let's take a deeper look into the mermaid mythology, its beginning, various legends, mermaid's part in literature and recorded sightings.

Merfolk As Gods

The mermaid and merman legends begin with the worship of gods as have many mythologies. The earliest representations and descriptions of these now well known creatures can be traced back as far as the eighth century BC.

Babylonian Mythology

The Babylonians were known to worship a sea-god called Oannes, or Ea. Oannes was reputed to have risen from the Erythrean Sea and taught to man the arts and sciences. In the Louvre today can be seen an eighth century wall-scene depicting Oannes as a merman, with the fish-like tail and the upper body of a man.

The Syrian Mythology

The Syrians and the Philistines were also known to have worshipped a Semitic mermaid moon-goddess. The Syrians called her Atargatis while the Philistines knew her as Derceto. It is not unusual or surprising that this moon-goddess was depicted as a mermaid as the tides ebbed and flowed with the moon and this was incorporated into the god-like personifications that we find in their art and the ancient literature. Atargatis is one of the first recorded mermaids and the legend says that her child Semiramis was a normal human and because of this Atargatis was ashamed and killed her lover. Abandoning the infant she became wholly a fish.

Chinese Mythology

In Japanese and Chinese legends there were not only mermaids but also sea-dragons and the dragon-wives.

The Greek and Roman Mythology

Greek and Roman mythology is often placed together as the two are very similar and it is in the literature from these cultures that one finds the first literary description of the mermaid, and indeed the mermen. Poseidon and Neptune were often depicted as half-man and half-fish but the most popular motive of the ancient world that depicts mermen was the representations of the tritons, Triton being the son of the powerful sea-god.

The British Merfolk

The British Isles too had their fair share of merfolk mythology. The Cornish knew mermaids as Merry maids. According to the Cornish legend a mermaid called Moveren had made appearance in the village of Zennor and due to her interest in music she had fallen in love with one of the singers Matthew of the choir of the church. Now when this man found out about the mermaid, he too fell in love with her and together they went to live in the sea. The people of Zennor still say that they can hear Matthew sing to the mermaid and to them the whispers of waves still make sense. The Irish knew merfolks as Merrows or Muirruhgach and some sources write that they lived on dry land below the sea and had enchanted caps that allowed them to pass through the water without drowning, while the women were very beautiful the men had red noses, were piggy eyed, with green hair and teeth.

One more perception that existed in historic times and is found in most myths is that seals are really merfolk disguised under the seal skin. All the legends related to this theory usually start with fishermen finding seal skins and then a beautiful girl comes back for her property as without it she is exiled from her submarine friends. But the property is never returned and the girl is offered protection under the roof of this man. All these myths end in the same way, that is, the seal skin is discovered and the mermaid returns back to her native home. However, some stories concerning this concept are different too, for example a story is told of a man, Herman Perk, who was caught in a storm and was saved by a merman on the price that he would return him his seal skin which was in his storehouse. Herman perk was true to his word.

Russian mermaid mythology includes the daughters of the water-king who live beneath the sea; the water-nymph that drowns swimmers and the male water-spirit who followed sailors and fishermen. The Africans believed the tales of a fish-wife and river-witches.

But with the growth of science, the fantastic became childish specially during the eighteenth century but began to flourish again amongst the writers with the Romantic Movement at the turn of this century. It was also the time however for the logical minded to do their utmost to dispel the myth of the mermaid, claiming that all the recorded sightings were simply men who'd been at sea too long and so when a seal, porpoise, dugong or manatee was spotted from the ship they'd swear they'd seen a mermaid.

Mermaids and literature

In literature the mermaid began to be used as a description of women, rather than an identification of the creature herself. The mermaid had become a metaphor! Chaucer takes the mermaid and uses her as a scholarly metaphor for beautiful but dangerous song. Shakespeare is known to have used such a device; Comedy of Errors for example:

"O, train me not, sweet mermaid, with thy note,

To drown me in thy sister's flood of tears: Sing, siren, for thyself and I will dote."

Oberon's vision of a mermaid in Shake-speare's A Mid-summer Night's Dream, is not however used as a metaphor:

"Once I sat upon a promontory,

And heard a mermaid on a dolphin's back

Uttering such dulcet and harmonious breath

That the rude sea grew civil at her song

And certain stars shot madly from their spheres,

To hear the sea-maid's music."

John Donne, however, uses the mermaid as myth in his skeptical song where he doubts constancy in women. More likely than finding this constancy in women he believes would be to:

"Goe, and catche a falling starred"

Children's stories are filled with mermaids again. The mermaid figures in art once again allowing the artist to portray the division within human nature of the "animal" and the intellectual thinking; represented by the tail of the mermaid and that human part of her that wishes to gain a soul, the prime example being The Little Mermaid by Hans Andersen where the young mermaid gains a soul through her faithfulness. It is a great marketing tool for toys and cartoons.

Sightings

There have been recorded sightings from fishermen, women, men of reputation within the community of mermaids and mermen. Some are quite convincing while others are a little vague. Nonetheless they make a good reading.

The most recent sighting is of 1947 when an eighty-year-old fisherman reported that he had seen a mermaid ‘in the sea about twenty yards from the shore, sitting combing her hair on a floating herring box used to preserve live lobsters. Unfortunately, as soon as the mermaid looked round, she realized that she had been seen, and plunged into the sea. But no questioning could shake the old fisherman's firm conviction: he was adamant that he had seen a mermaid.'

Off the coast of Britain, June 4, 1857, Shipping Gazette, reported Scottish seaman had spotted a creature, ‘in the shape of a woman with dark complexion, and comely face.'

Off the Isle of Yell, 1833, six fishermen reported that their fishing line had become entangled with a mermaid. They said they had kept her on board their boat for three hours, and said that she was about three feet long. She ‘offered no resistance nor attempted to bite,' but she moaned piteously. ‘A few stiff bristles were on top of the head, extending down to the shoulder, and these she could erect and depress at pleasure, something like a crest.' She had neither gill nor fins and there were no scales on her body. The fishermen who were very superstitious threw her overboard eventually and said that she dived ‘in a perpendicular direction.'

The story was heard from the skipper by a Mr Edmondson who in turn told the Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh:

"Not one of the six men dreamed of a doubt of its being a mermaid, and it could not be suggested that they were influenced by their fears, for the mermaid is not an object of terror to fishermen, it is rather a welcome guest, and danger is apprehended from its experiencing bad treatment... The usual resources of skepticism that the seals and other sea-animals appearing under certain circumstances operating upon an excited imagination and so producing ocular illusion, cannot avail here. It is quite impossible that six Shetland fishermen could commit such a mistake."

In the outer Hebrides, about 1830, women cutting seaweed reported they had met a creature of female form playing happily off the shore. A few days later her dead body was found two miles from where she had first been seen. The description of the creature was recorded thus, ‘the upper part of the creature was about the size of a well-fed child of three or four years of age, with an abnormally developed breast. The hair was long, dark and glossy while the skin was white, soft and tender. The lower part of the body was like a salmon, but without scales.

Campbell town, John M'isaac, a farmer, October 29, 1811, made a sworn statement to the Sheriff-substitute and the parish minister that he had met a mermaid in Campbell town. The description he gave ran for more than five hundred words and was so convincing that Rev. Dr George Robertson, Rev. Norman MacLeod, and James Maxwell, Esq., Chamberlain of Mull wrote that they were, ‘satisfied that he was impressed with a perfect belief, that the appearance of the animal he has described was such as he has represented it to be.'

Now the mermaid becomes a symbol of fun and fantasy rather than an accepted part of cultural, tradition and awe. She is seen as a figure of eroticism mixed with fear of the unknown, or the animal side of her nature. No matter how the mermaid is used or what role she plays she will always retain her mysterious air.

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      lemoye 5 years ago

      i think they are real to because every thing that is said ther might be real because i saw a real one.i tried to take of then tail but it didn't come of

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      mermaid girl98908 5 years ago

      Mermaids are real... at least that is what I beleive. If you have your own beliefs that is fine. This is my opinion. I think there is more to life than science!

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      Mea 5 years ago

      This is awsome help but i want to know more about the consept! You know explore more!!But I also want to know how the world was created but you know no one can be sure!!!!!!This was great help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!THANKS GUYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      chanel 5 years ago

      Why is his world so greedy but why not show themselves but sometimes i wish to meet a mermaid for real i problity ask for something so i can become a mermaid when ever i wanted

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      mermaid lover 1573 5 years ago

      hi my name is kit.i am onely 10 years old ,but i am always looking for mermaid info.that is why i would like to talk to some people wich are iamaermaqid dante and megan mccartnt please get back to me. bye.

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      neha 5 years ago

      I NOW MERMAIDS ARE REAL,THEY ARE STILL THERE.JUST THEY don't WANT TO SHOW THEMSELVES OF TO THIS GREEDY WORLD.

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      alexandra 5 years ago

      i wonder if mermaids really did live 30'0002 years ago and do they really exist but work hard finding out because there really interesting. But there off i llllllllllllove this website by the way my name is alexandra thanks there mite be proof if marine biologist find some sample.

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      jessica luv y'all 5 years ago

      Mermaids r super amazing , they r soooooooooooooooooo , cute and sexy . I wish i was one myself . By the way my name is jessica frederick and i live on praslin in seychelles .

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      jessica 5 years ago

      i'm 11 , but i believe that mermaid exist.

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      Rosiecheekzzz 5 years ago

      I think that mermaids live at the very bottem of the ocean where no man has gone before :D

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      infanite 5 years ago

      I think mermaids do not like to be seen because they are afraid. They are afraid that if a person sees them then he will report it, people will go looking and if they find her then they will probably want to exam her and do unwamted things to her. But in my opinion i think mermaids are good and they can also be evil. it matters how they were raised or where they grew up. i know they exist somewhere out there... there is just no proof YET!

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      hannah 5 years ago

      I think mermaids are real, but they are afraid to be seen because people will kill them.

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      wasssup 5 years ago

      many countries from east to west have drawn up the same picture of these creatures. babylonians said these biengs taught them sciences and arts,syrians and philistines worshiped them as gods,chinese,japanese,greek,roman and english mythologies have the same creature.in the subcontinent they r known as jal pari (mermaid) in the native tongue and believed to be part fish and part human. it cant be coincidence i don't think. maybe they do exist

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      aphrodite 5 years ago

      i love mermaids!!!!! I consider the possibility that they exist, though it's possible that they don't. i think myths are really cool, and i sometimes wish that mermaids could get along with humans and show themselves. drawing mermaids is a lot of fun, and i love mermaid movies!!!! i agree with what was said above- perhaps mermaids will be discovered in the future. maybe not, if they are smart enough to hide forever, because humans will most certainly capture them and put them in a zoo. why are humans such a destructive species?

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      konrad 5 years ago

      a lack of evidence is not evidence of lack.

      ie just because we can't prove something, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist.

      society's worldviews have changed drastically over the past millenia, you can NOT assume that which we have today is the truth of the universe. it's just a model we have assumed because it suits our observations to date.

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      mermaidbeliever 5 years ago

      Ok so all the ppl saying "mermaids don't exist" u think this because u have never seen one b4 right?? Well think about it why would a mermaid show it self...becuz they would be captured and tested on foreva they are smart they know what would happen:) and for all the haters on the subject...learn a lil b4 u make a fool outa urself it would help to know a lil:)

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      kimberly 5 years ago

      mermaids are so amazing.i was reading a book on mermaids at the library and it showed ways in which we can turn into real mermaids.i have been trying to become into one ever since. i think its working.

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      healthysheep 5 years ago

      I do believe in mermaids. I hope someday when i get old I could see one before I die, this is my wishful thinking since I was little. Now, I can read articles and viewed videos about mermaids in the net and these made me believe more about the sea creatures. In my senior years I've plan to live near the sea and I will spend my aging days to watch over the ocean for them to appear before me.

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      kira 5 years ago

      I love memaids.I have books of mermaids. They are cool and go blog.

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      kira 5 years ago

      I love mermaids they are so cool.

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      kira 5 years ago

      have. you seen one they live in the ocean.they might live in a castle.they are cooooooooool.

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      Sharlie 5 years ago

      Mermaid's are real, i can tell you that for sure ..

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      gabrelia 5 years ago

      I know that marmaid is exist because I was in the sea I

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      Roger 5 years ago

      I know its real. I saw some videos and read sOme info, its real and its amazing, in the first i couldn't believe it but i was surpriced to see those are real, it cannot be fake or unreal, it is real, mermaids do excist.

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      Nadia 5 years ago

      I ? mermaids ever sinxe i was a little girl i have always dreamed with seeing 1 at least 1 b4 i die!!!!!

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      Erika 5 years ago

      I think that mermaids are real because just because Ariel is for little kids it doesn't mean that mermaids are not real.I think that mermaids are really interesting because they aree not out on the beach so you really want to know more about them.I also think that mermaids are real because if you belive in fairy tales that means that you must belive in things that most peole don't.So that is why you must belive in mermaids

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      Mariam61098 5 years ago

      I belive in every myth & legend. Even though ive never seen mythical creatures on my life. It will be my duty when I become older that I travel to unsuspecting places of the world & find them.

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      samylub143 5 years ago

      im the nanna how much for a mermaid sculpture

      mermaids are so real im doing a biography on thyem

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      dana don may 5 years ago

      i think mermaids exsist because i met one on my visit to Trinidad when i was on the boat in the night i sneaked out and went to play i was the queen of the ocean and i saw a mermaid in the water i would never forget that special day but when i went back and told every one that i saw a mermaid they just laughed at me and said that there are no such things as mermaids but what i saw that night make me believe that mermaids exsist.Do you believe in fairy tales because mermaids exsist if you believe in them i will believe in you

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      hi 5 years ago

      Ok...we are real we only change by a touch of water.Yes infact we are smart.You will have to find out more frome someone els!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      Rosella 5 years ago

      I Love Mermaids!!!!

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      Prince Abas k kazeem, Am a Nigerian. 5 years ago

      Mermaid, oh! beautiful mermaid,givers of fortune to those she like,savers of the pure at heart, that the devil want to drown in the sea, ur enchaming beauty is adorable.

      Mermaids are real,they are like angels that live in heavens with winds to make it easy for their movement in their place of abode, mermaid too have tale like fish for easy movement in their place of abode.

      If u want to see one send me a mail. kazeeabass at g mail dot com.

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      bbvn 5 years ago

      you now i am a mermaid

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      iamamermaqid101 5 years ago

      hi.i am a real mermaid.not a full one.a half.when i touch water i get a tail.and yes krishna is right.not all mermaids are good and not are bad.i am a good one.i help the endangered ocean animals by pulling down the nets.there is a bad mermaid called grensha.she hates humans.mermaid talk and human talk are different.mermish is like ringing in the ear.so yah.mermaisd are real.;D

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      sara 5 years ago

      i wish i could find more info about mermaid they are really cool

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      krishna 5 years ago

      I THINK THAT NO ONE CAN SAY ANYTHING WITHOUT HAVING AN EXPERIENCE... TO SAY THAT ALL MERMAIDS ARE GOOD IS NOT TRUE AND TO SAY THAT ALL MERMAIDS ARE BAD IS ALSO NOT TRUE...SO KEEP YOUR VIEWS TILL YOU MEET ONE!!!!!!!!!!!!MYSTERY AWAITS TO BE OPENED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      sahne 5 years ago

      thanx man u helpt me a lot in literature especially that song wish u were also here to teach me but ur not still tanxing u a lot kk

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      isabel;) 5 years ago

      I was told by my boyfriend that in his home town there was a man who was walking late night passing a lake there was no one around and he heard something in the water and when he looked it was a mermaid and she told him I need

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      Rebecca 5 years ago

      It doesn't mean you didn't see a mermaid that it doesn't exist ok you are not going to believe me but im a mermaid with powers if i touch water my tail grows but its a secret

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      Tessie 5 years ago

      I think mermaids are interesting I don`t know if mermaids are real but if God wanted to he could create them.But if they`re real I would love to meet one someday they`re just so beautiful and neat!

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      cargfgfgfgfgf 5 years ago

      Thank u

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      luv-iggy 5 years ago

      Wow! This is really interesting. The subject of mermaids has always interested me. I honestly have no idea wether they exist or not.

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      salma17 5 years ago

      i don't know if mermaids really are here or not. i would like to believe it if someone would tell me a story about how they saw a mermaid, but how would you be able to believe that person fully? i love mermaids i think that they are really something special because so many people care to take the time to learn about them, even if they believe in them or not. i really want to see one with my own eyes. i wouldn't take the time to convince someone that i saw one ill just tell my story and if they believe than that would be fine but if they wouldn't, then i wouldn't try to convince them. i would just keep it to myself..because only you know what you see.

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      Destiny 5 years ago

      I think that mermaids and mermans do have a slite chance of being real. You never know what can be real or fake ,just like god or the devil ,you never know until you see.

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      fifa 5 years ago

      well, if mermaids do exist, their elusiveness is a credit to them. Also, I think that there is a lot of things that go on in this world that the government like to keep quiet, keep an open mind I say, its nice to have evidence but lack of it doesn't prove that things are not real either x

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      maya.camerer 5 years ago

      mermaids exist they are evil water dwellers

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      SANDILEES 5 years ago

      I LOVE YOU MERMAID DOCBE CAUSE THER ARE COOL MERMAID

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      sandilees 5 years ago

      I LOVE YOU MERMAID

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      Rosie 5 years ago

      Mermaids are real just as dinosours are real. maybe mermaids were extinct when the dinosours died. We just haven't found them yet. they are probaly humans like us but we don't relize it.

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      Becca 5 years ago

      how could mermaids live in the water and yet come outside to sit on rocks and stuff? do they have both gills and lungs? also, how come we have not found any proof of their existance even tho we have satalites and all that nifty stuff, the only way we wouldn't be able to find them is if they lived in like the deepest part of the ocean, but then they cant have the "tender skin" thing, they would be crushed to a quivering blob of green mush. just my ideas

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      serena123 5 years ago

      people people, calm down with all this Mermade stuff, the truth is, we don't have to prove that mermaids exist, just like if u r religious, u don't see ur god(really hope dat is not a bad thing to say) so don't judge it yet, but u can do wat u wanna do believe or not, oh and also u don't know if mermades do exist, and i am with u bella, i want to meet a mermaid 2.

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      Bella 5 years ago

      I really want to see a mermaid in real life and be one too I really BELIVE in MERMAIDS I wish I have the power

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      sara 5 years ago

      i saw a video than starting believing it before that never

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      Mermaid age 11 5 years ago

      Have you guys ever seen a mermaid before? us mermaids don't like to see comments like your's. so please stop you don't know much about us!

      p.s. don't comment on things you don't know anything about o.k.

      mermaids from round lake, Cammas :)

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      None of your bloody business!! 5 years ago

      FYI Hassam, there is proof of Atlantis. In the Aegian sea, there was a Greek civilization built on a volcanic island. The island was new, the volcano was active. It went off, people from Atlantis fled to Athens then spread over Greece. The volcano went off, rather violently, and 90% of the island exploded. In my Ancient History class, we had to watch this National Geographic (I think it was NG. It was last year) video about it. Look it up, and don't say there is not been any information on it, as there clearly is, when you have not actually researched it like the smart people among you do. I am NOT making this up. You can look up the video if you don't want to believe a person who's IQ is 165+

      Sorry if this seems rude, but I get pissed off by know it alls who don't even bother to look the crap up before they say something.

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      blonde angel 5 years ago

      I always thought mermaid s where. Real. :)

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      jordan 5 years ago

      I need some help thinking about this are mermaids still alive are were they alive a long time ago are something but i think maybe being a mermaid would be so cool to have the tail and every thing i want to be a mermaid so do you guys have a spell or do you guys think that mermaids are fake to because i don't.

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      akan 5 years ago

      i thing mermaids really exists because i talked to one

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      brochure design 5 years ago

      wow Mermaids i love Mermaids

      i av always love the info about thm love to read this blog :)

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      Albert Uche A 6 years ago

      These are spirits or supernatural beigns i believe they are in the world today but i have not seen them. They are demons or agents of satan or maybe parts of the fallen angels

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      lala 6 years ago

      i feel mermaids are real just don't want to be found nore seen

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      kaylee horton 6 years ago

      wow!! this all really helped me on my paper for MYTHOLOGY you guys need to wake up and relize mermiads arent real! if they were you'd know it for sure.

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      kaley lynn96 6 years ago from Washington

      I, sincerely beleive in mermaids. & the Atlantis stuff sounds like it COULD be real, but like the guy said, apparently in this new aera we need scientific evidence to make a critical desiscion on what is real and what is not. I only beleive in mermaids because I beleive nothing is impossible. Everything is possible, you just have to find it when you least expect it. And, the mermaid myth has been around for god only knows how many years! Myths and legends don`t just appear out of nowhere, something MUST have people back then, beleiveing that they really did see a woman brushing her hair with a comb of pearl with the torso and face of a woman and the lower half of a fish or sea animal. If mermaids have not revealed themselves now, then they lie in the shadows of the ocean undiscovered, And glad of it.

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      willowb3 6 years ago

      ty :) it realy help me

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      Mermaidbeliver 6 years ago

      mermaids are real.i know that they r out there somewere,hiding,playing, doing things,but F.Y.I. if u don't belive

      u wi ll never have wishes come true.u should belive in them and maybe, just maybe,u will see 1.I LOVE MERMAIDS!i pray almost every night that i will someday see 1,maybe even be 1!that would be soooo cool!

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      angel 6 years ago

      when sth is histori it becames into a legent and after this we call it myth. Mermaides are real. if you will read books about magic you will fint out that we cant see somethings not because they don't exist but because we don t believe anymore.many people in agiant world were talking with mermaids and there was a child ones that was drowning and some how he survived in peacific ocean ...

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      DanDan 6 years ago

      There are two videos on YouTube that seem very real and have Mermaids and I am going to say it seems impossible to fake the first though the second is kind of difficult to tell

      because water distorted

      everything so it could be

      someone bending their legs in a

      suit but both are odd

      At Paula Amicio the glow may have just been bioluminescent organisims like some plankton that got disturbed by whatever jumped in.

      At Paula Amic

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      k22 6 years ago

      the only reason why storys like this that people today think are lie's is that is doesn't have any evidence to back it up. but who know's you may not need evidence.

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      candy 6 years ago

      real

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      paula amacio 6 years ago

      i live near the beach in front of boracay.. i don't believe i mermaids but one night ive seen a strange white creature i thought it was a dog it was far from me so i run forward and it jumped into the water and the water glows in too scared and run back home and until now i still wonder what that is because if that's a dog it wouldn't jump into the water i never tell anyone because i don't want them to think im crazy....

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      lalalala 6 years ago

      when does a marmaid start to develop her ways with what age

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      june 6 years ago

      mermaids are very real i have seen one before

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      =^.^= 6 years ago

      im not here to argue or shove my opinion down someones throat but i am here to say everyone is entitled to their own beleifs and those of whom, who think that a different beleif is wrong are mearly ignorant and compensating for their own insecurities in their own beliefs. i am using as much info i can find on the mermaid tale to compile my own version of the creature.

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      mermaids are sexy and horny 6 years ago

      mermaids EXISTS....why shouldn't we believe in mermaids? The universe is frigging enormous. And we are not the only living beings living in it. We ourselves exist from apes so why cant some humans who had lived near the shore millions of years ago evolved into mermaids and mermens? I haven't seen one but i surely do beleive that they do exist.

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      hmmm 6 years ago

      if mermaids were or are real why are they hiding? If they want people to believe in them then why do they not show us they are real?

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      Cissy 6 years ago

      I had a dream that I was a mermaid as big a dolphin. It was so real. I was beautiful. I had long hair and a beautiful tail and breasts. I could swim fast and do flips and jump high out of the water into the air. I woke up still feeling the wetness of the ocean and the excitement. Every since then, I have been drawn to this mermaid thing. I wonder if my dream means anything.

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      hi 6 years ago

      hi im ten and wanting to know if there real or myth i don't know maby i can find out.

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      shyvy 6 years ago

      I was wondering if there are any mermaid live by now,and I also want to know if there are mermaids deep in the sea. I wanted to know what is they look like ,I just want it know because im interested in myths,legends and an extaordinary stories.

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      Dante 6 years ago

      hi my name is dante and im 10 years old and im trying to find out about mermaids.

      oh and im the only girl in my school who study`s this kind stuff and i think they are real and i would love some help and i will come on this site every day and i hope you can put some information on the site to help me. senseraly your da

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      guyaneese girl 6 years ago

      i live in guyana and in my country mermaids are called watermumma.im kinda skeptical on the the existance of mermaids but i know of many stories that were told of them in the olden days.i once knew of this poor man who claimed that he found a mermaid comb and he placed it in salt water hence becoming rich.however unrealistic it may seem we all believe what we want to.there are a lot of urban myths like the existance of fireballs,ol'huigue,moon gazers and so on.guyana was once ruled by the dutch back in the days and the land on which i live was once a berrial ground for the dutch.

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      vernadine 6 years ago

      mermaids are incredible cretures like super heroes to god's maid mermaids to.................

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      Isabella Deleon n kyla cerdon 6 years ago

      i wish mermaids are true

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      pandax 6 years ago

      it is verry unique to hear what tales that lurk under the seat im a girl that loves curiouse creatures of the world im not saying i don't believe and im not saying i do but just imagine what they look like apparently the verry small and evil and look chinese because that's where it all started.

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      Sadie 6 years ago

      Wow amazing stuff they are out there and I want to meet them

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      ash 6 years ago

      yes mermaids do exist.... cuz nothin can surface for so long if der was nothin to support it...... n as alwas it is said believe.... cuz all d unexpected thins happen whn u leasrt except it....

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      Miki 6 years ago

      i have something to say to Jessica three comments up, that is a 9 year old girl! she can belive what she wants to belive! im 12 and im trying to turn into 1. aleeanna, you belive what you want, and don't let any 1 tell u different.

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      Brooke 6 years ago

      hey, idk what u r talking about but i do beleive and i've tried everything... i even shaved my head (for real) trying to become a mermaid and NOTHING has worked please help im starting to lose belief don't give me crap that you have seen one or that you are a mermaid and you are lying i NEED something that will actually work PLEASE HELP!!!!!

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      highly imaginative and thoughtful 6 years ago

      People have different imaginations. some people think they already know what's out there,(by eating and watching television. Few are connected to nature.And Some just want to know more about what they love.

      But, does anybody actually know what's out there?

      Little did you know that only you can decide. You my not go far but, your creativity spans only as vast as you will let it. If not(calling all couch potatoes) DREAM ON!

      As for others don't let anyone tell you otherwise. you are what you are and far more!

      Remember there is a whole new universe to be discovered!!!

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      jessica 6 years ago

      the are only in your imaginations that is not true

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      aleeanna 6 years ago

      mermaids should hide. im 9 and beleve in mermaids because i think i seen one when i was 7 in maro it was strang i think it came from the ocean and i know it was a mermaid beacause it had hair at the top and a long beuatiful tale and i seen it in my backyard woods and the woods lead to the little myame river

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      alie 6 years ago

      why did people create myths of dragons

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      aqua rejijjina 6 years ago

      i know memaids are real bbutt as they touch land they become humans butt who knows when anyone sees a mermaid and will get astonishment. overrrr the seas therre are 70 mermaids with huge tails and there are sirens who protect them from seein what is at the top of the sea and oceans some ttimes we see a huge tail in seas or the

      oceans i love memaids 70!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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      chu'lel 6 years ago

      We also have a belief here in our island that children should not go near the rivers during noontime for it is the time that mermaids will come out and drag children to the sea and make them their children. Mermaids love to take good care of children.

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      chu'lel 6 years ago

      My grandmother used to tell us a story about mermaids. It is a story about her experience when she was still young during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines. She said that there was a well connected to the sea in their place and it was there where she saw a beautiful woman naked but its body ended in fish tail. She has white teeth, long hair and a slim body but only she cannot talk. My grandmother reported this to the villagers who said that it was a "kataw", the native word for mermaid. I myself do not believe in mermaids yet their stories really fascinated me. In fact I collected statues and figurines of them, I even collected stories about them.

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      chu'lel 6 years ago

      i love to hear stories about mermaids.

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      sara 6 years ago

      mermaids are a some the can swim really fast i think it is cool

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      sabrina 6 years ago

      mermaids are cool

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      mirmaidluvr 6 years ago

      i don't think mirmaids are real but i love them all the same :)

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      Shubh 6 years ago

      Wow nice stories thanks hassam!!!!

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      mermaid 6 years ago

      i love mermaids!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!