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Mermaids: Fact or Fiction?

Exploring the Possibiltiy of the Existence of Mermaids
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Daija Gibson

on 10 June 2014

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Mermaids: Fact or Fiction?
This "Dolphinately" Isn't Possible
As scientists tell us, a woman with a fish tail is a biological impossibility. Human beings are of a completely different species of animal from a fish, so seemingly, it's out of the question that a fish could mate with a woman.
"Fishful" Thinking
Enough with all the negativity. I don't know about you, but I would like to know exactly how mermaids might be able to exist.
Alleged mermaid sighting in Kiryat Yam that has caused much controversy in the past year
"Strange Body Found on Beach" video shot by two young boys, claimed to be fake by US government
Analysis
Purpose
I'm investigating a claim from a scientific standpoint. Over the years, many have insisted that they've witnessed real, live mermaids. In this presentation, I will dig deep into the possibility of mermaids existing, and develop my own views on all this mermaid talk I've been "herring" about. (Get it? No? Okay..)
Are these mythical creatures real, or just a figment of the lonely sailor's imagination?
Falsifiability
As many claims as there are that mermaids may be real, there are an equal amount of reasons as to why they may not.
Comprehensiveness
Not ignoring evidence that contradicts the existence of aquatic humanoids, we have reviewed various reasons that support it, making my argument, to some degree, valid.
"Whale", Wait a Minute.....
The reason as to why mermaids cannot exist, might be how they can exist.
Let's "Mullet" Over
Think about it. We all picture mermaids as fictional characters, and only that. Ariel can't possibly be real, right? It's just not physically or biologically possible. (Here come the but.)
BUT
, there is always the slight possibility that the scientific community has drastically underestimated any organism's ability to survive, reproduce, and even exist; I believe in this possibility. So, let's look into it.

Reasons Why Mermaids Can't Exist
Referencing: Sheanna Steingass, "Five Reasons" Why Mermaids Can't Physically Exist", Deepseanews.com
1. They'd Freeze to Death!
The human body, or as close as a mermaid's can get to it, is not made for surviving in water for long periods of time. Just a few meter's below the ocean's surface, the temperature drops for 70 degrees, to 40 degrees. And assuming that mermaids live much deeper, such as the ocean floor, it just wouldn't work out.
2. Body Parts?!
Take the time to picture a graceful mermaid, a beautiful woman with the tail of a fish---- yeah, no. You can't just pick and choose what body parts an organism has. Female humans are typically warm-blooded and have hair. All fish are cold-blooded and scaly. A mermaid is supposedly a combination of the two. Evolutionarily speaking, a fish cannot have human and fish-like characteristics; the same goes for humans. Bodily systems, if possible, would not be efficient. Mermaids would be sterile. Plus, talk about constipation.
3. Overall Lack of Evidence
Seriously. If mermaids were real (this is no means saying that they're not), why would anyone want to cover them up? A discovery like this would change the face of science forever! It'd defy all the laws we've established.
So, all in all, mermaids would be very cold, sterile, constipated, and being unable to reproduce, probably extinct. And that seems like a pretty miserable life to live.
The occasional mermaid sighting is often passed off as a hallucination, hoax, optical illusion, misconceptions of known animals, etc. In the past year, Animal Planet released a documentary titled "Mermaids: The Body Found". It was very impressive, very believable. That is until very recently, in response to the public uproar over it, AP has made statements confirming that the program was in fact entirely made up, a "docudrama" as they called it. Weekly World News, a popular entertainment tabloid whose stories are entirely fictional, has had a laugh at the public expense, saying, "President Obama has personally met the mermaids and was quite impressed – according to reports."
Although this "docudrama" was allegedly a hoax, it was rather quickly reprimanded by the United States government, who made sure to deny all claims of aquatic humanoids. The documentary made some very solid points, and delved deep into the apparent discovery of mermaids. It almost seems too real to not be true. This leads us to think: Is the government hiding this from us? If so, what else could they be covering up?
Animated simulation of what Animal Planet predicted mermaids to actually look like
In 2009, Live Science, a scientific newsletter that I read regularly, published an article titled, "Mermaid Sightings Claimed in Israel"

"Locals and tourists in the Israeli town of Kiryat Yam have been flocking to the coast in hopes of glimpsing a creature that most people believe only exist in fairy tales.

An alleged mermaid, said to resemble a cross between a fish and a young girl, only appears at sunset. It performs a few tricks for onlookers before disappearing for the night.

One of the first people to see the mermaid, Shlomo Cohen, said, 'I was with friends when suddenly we saw a woman laying on the sand in a weird way. At first I thought she was just another sunbather, but when we approached she jumped into the water and disappeared. We were all in shock because we saw she had a tail.'"

The town of Kiryat Yam is even offering a $1 million reward to the first that snaps a real photograph of the creature.
Marine biologists say that if such aquatic life were to exist and live in such conditions, they'd have to either be cold-blooded, or have thick layer of fat (called blubber in fish) to protect them from the cold.

So, they wouldn't be the picturesque, beautiful creatures we think about, but can very well exist in forms more suitable to their environment.
The revolutionary "Aquatic Ape Theory" is explained. It explains how mermaids could have existed long ago, and may still exist, due to aquatic characteristics found in human beings.
Mermaids are without a doubt one of the most controversial topics in the scientific world. Unfortunately, there are no hard-hitting facts and brilliant evidence of these creatures, leaving it to be one of those "I'll believe it when I see it" cases. So, just as much as it cannot exist, it just might be, somewhere in hiding. Just the idea of aquatic humanoids makes us think about the contents of our oceans and everything we have yet to discover. The ocean is a very dark and deep place...... anything could be down there. Any "fin" is possible, until proven otherwise. So, after seeing this presentation, what do YOU think?
Critical Thinking
Logic
The bare logic of the possibility of mermaids is difficult to follow, as evidence is not sound, nor seemingly authentic.
Sufficiency
Although, the amount of both negative and positive evidence towards this claim is plentiful, it is an extraordinary claim that requires evidence of equal par, which has yet to be brought forward.
"Aquatic Ape Theory." YouTube. YouTube, 30 Nov. 2010. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.

Bond, William. "Mermaids Are Real: Part One." HubPages. HubPages, Inc., n.d. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.

Lake, Frank. "U.S. Confirms Existence of Mermaids." WeeklyWorldNews. WordPress.com, 16 May 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.

Radford, Benjamin. "Mermaid Sightings Claimed in Israel." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 13 Aug. 2009. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.

Steingass, Sheanna. "Fishful Thinking: Five Reasons Why Mermaids Can't Physically Exist." Deep Sea News. Deep Sea News, Inc., 30 Oct. 2013. Web. 21 Jan. 2014.
Works Cited
Can mermaids camouflage themselves?

Mermaid sighting after Hurricane Ike in 2008.
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