Under the Sea: The Little Mermaid


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Growing up I was always obsessed with Disney movies and of course my all time favorite was The Little Mermaid. I always believed that there were actual mermaids out there in the ocean and would spend hours looking at the ocean on family vacations to the beach.  With having only explored less than 5% of the ocean, people can hardly argue that there are no such things as mermaids.

      The National Oceanic and Atmostpheric Administration was not very happy with Animal Planet's  "Mermaids: The Body Found" and issued a statement that claims that this is evidence that mermaids were or still are in existence. In their statement they claim that "mermaids have been chronicled creatures since time immemorial." Homer wrote of mermaids in The Odyssey and in the ancient Far East, mermaids were wives of powerful sea-dragons who served as trusted messengers between their spouses and the emperors on land.  During the Paleolithic era, magical female figures first appear on cave paintings 30,000 years in the past, when humans gained dominion over the land and began to sail the seas. With people from the past documenting these mythological creatures it's hard to say if they have just been a story passed on or there really are mere people swimming around in the ocean and collecting who's its and what's it galore.      


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               Mermaids probably did not look like modern humans with a tail instead of legs however they may have been human like with facial features and arms with male and female characteristics while looking more fish like with webbed fingers and a thick, slimy over skin. With so much more to discover and find no one can completely say there is nothing in the ocean like mermaids, scientists will have to keep looking at the ocean to try and discover the other 95% of the ocean that no one knows  what may be lurking beneath it's depths.

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Hi Amanda! The Little Mermaid was one of my favorite movies growing up as well! Unfortunately, as I have grown older, I have begun to doubt their existence. Your statistic stating that 95% of Earth's oceans have gone unexplored definitely opened my eyes, and I agree that scientists should not rule out the possibility of mermaids altogether. However, although there may not be a definite answer, I believe that there is more evidence against their existence than in support of it. As much as I would like to believe in mermaids, the info in this article is making me believe less and less. They should not use the word "impossible," but their evidence is pretty convincing.
http://www.doublexscience.org/five-reasons-mermaids-are-impossible/

Having watched the Little Mermaid many times, and the movie Aquamarine, I agree with you Amanda C. that the existence of mermaids is possible. Even after reading the article Amanda T. shared, I still think about the possibilities that the theory of evolution opens up. If we can evolve from an ape, why couldn't mermaids evolve from fish? Maybe they are still evolving and 100,000 we will find an actual mermaid the way we imagine it. Maybe now they just look like this one of these creatures from these images http://jhendenedel88.blogspot.com/2011/03/mermaids-real-or-not.html

(beware they're kind of gross pictures).

I feel like it's bad that whenever I think of mermaids, I don't think of the Little Mermaid but instead I think of the merpeople in the Black Lake in Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I feel like if they did exist, they'd be more scary like that. In general though, the concept of mermaids seems highly unrealistic although it would be cool if they were real. If anything, I'd say that maybe the used to exist in way millions of years ago through evolution, but they wouldn't be anything like the mermaids we think of today. Here's an article I found that kind of goes against Animal Planet's documentary: http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2013/05/mermaids_aren_t_real_animal_planet_s_fake_documentaries_misrepresent_ocean.html

Hi Amanda! I watched a little bit of Animal Planet's documentary on the mermaids, and I was not satisfied with all of their views. I feel as though they used an artistic license and exaggerated many facts and "sightings" to draw interest and receive better television ratings. However, I do believe that it is plausible that mermaids do exist, but definitely not as Disney describes them. I would say that these "mermaids" are just large fish that have not yet been discovered. I like how you put it "Mermaids probably did not look like modern humans with a tail instead of legs however they may have been human like with facial features and arms with male and female characteristics while looking more fish like with webbed fingers and a thick, slimy over skin." and if "mermaids" do exist I would envision them looking something like that. I would add a link in this comment with an article that would claim to tell you whether or not "mermaids" do exist, but I think that would just be foolish, because as you stated above we've only explored about 5% of the ocean, so how could someone truly know for sure whether or not mermaids exist.

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