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U.S. Government: No Evidence of Aquatic Humanoids (i.e., "Mermaids") Has Ever Been Found.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ^ | July 2012 | National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Posted on 07/03/2012 8:51:47 AM PDT by DogByte6RER

No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.

mermaidSplash

Mermaids — those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea — are legendary sea creatures chronicled in maritime cultures since time immemorial. The ancient Greek epic poet Homer wrote of them in The Odyssey. In the ancient Far East, mermaids were the wives of powerful sea-dragons, and served as trusted messengers between their spouses and the emperors on land. The aboriginal people of Australia call mermaids yawkyawks – a name that may refer to their mesmerizing songs.

The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species. Magical female figures first appear in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when modern humans gained dominion over the land and, presumably, began to sail the seas. Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also abound in mythology — in addition to mermaids, there were wise centaurs, wild satyrs, and frightful minotaurs, to name but a few.

But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.


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Mermaid at Club Mykonos - Langebaan

WTF?!? I could have sworn I saw mermaids throughout Neptunis Rex's domain during my Navy WestPac cruises back in the day. Must have been those hangovers ...

1 posted on 07/03/2012 8:51:58 AM PDT by DogByte6RER
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More references ...

“U.S. Government insists that mermaids do not exist”

http://io9.com/5923072/us-government-insists-that-mermaids-do-not-exist?tag=holy-crap-wtf

“NOAA Denies Existence of Mermaids”

http://news.discovery.com/animals/noaa-mermaids-120629.html


2 posted on 07/03/2012 8:53:36 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER

Anyone care to wager a guess as to how much was spent on this?

But we cut government to the bone!


3 posted on 07/03/2012 9:01:05 AM PDT by cableguymn
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To: DogByte6RER
No evidence? I can sell them the evidence for $10 million:


4 posted on 07/03/2012 9:02:00 AM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Boogieman

Did you buy that at Wall Drug, South Dakota?


5 posted on 07/03/2012 9:03:30 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: DogByte6RER

Did they look in New Jersey?


6 posted on 07/03/2012 9:04:53 AM PDT by bunkerhill7 (what?? Who knew?)
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To: bunkerhill7
Mermaid Makeup Pictures, Images and Photos Don't know about Jersey, but I'm looking for this one in San Diego.
7 posted on 07/03/2012 9:11:26 AM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: DogByte6RER
What about the Incredible Mr. Limpet? I'm pretty sure that was real.
8 posted on 07/03/2012 9:13:26 AM PDT by mojito
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To: cableguymn

bttt


9 posted on 07/03/2012 9:14:37 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: DogByte6RER

Where did the idea come from?

Um, lonely sailors? They’re all reported as beautiful women.

Please tell me they aren’t spending money on this.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 9:17:58 AM PDT by LevinFan
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To: DogByte6RER
I never believed in mermaids before, but if the government says they don't exist, I'm not so sure any more.
What are they hiding?
/sarcasm /sort of

11 posted on 07/03/2012 9:25:25 AM PDT by BitWielder1 (Corporate Profits are better than Government Waste)
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To: LevinFan

It would seem that the NOAA wuld have more important things to do than report on mermaids.


12 posted on 07/03/2012 9:31:48 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: DogByte6RER
Hallucinating sailors, whether from dehydration and consumption of sea water or a triple ration of grog, may be the best explanation.

But as far as the question of the existence of "aquatic humans" is concerned, the phrase brings up the question of why humans, alone among all types of primates, possess a subcutaneous fat layer (like seals), narrow fin like connections between our fingers and toes, are not covered in fur, and have extraordinarily large brains (like dolphins and whales).

IMHO, paleontologists who dig up the bones of proto-chimps, gorillas, and baboons are looking in all the wrong places. What is with the seemingly instinctive affinity of Dolphins for humans (and vice versa - Japanese excepted)? If they could figure out where coastlines were a couple hundred thousand years ago, unfortunately now probably many miles offshore from the existing coast, they might at least be looking in the right spots.

13 posted on 07/03/2012 9:42:15 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: DogByte6RER
You've been at sea for three months have a belly full of rum and the cutest thing you've seen since you left port is the captain's cabin boy. Then suddenly at the surface you see these babes:

Oh, baby. The rum goggles must have been pretty thick during the Age of Sail.

14 posted on 07/03/2012 9:48:59 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (You only have three billion heartbeats in a lifetime.How many does the government claim as its own?)
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To: DogByte6RER

Whew! Well, now we can stop worrying about THAT! What a relief!


15 posted on 07/03/2012 9:54:21 AM PDT by redhead (C'mon, Inner Peace...I don't have all day...)
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To: DogByte6RER

“Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples?”

What a stupid question. Seriously.

“Peoples” historically see mermaids because the “people” send the men to the sea.

So you tell me...why would a bunch of lonely seafaring guys wish there were hot women in the ocean?

Guess I’ll have to fund a study to find out.


16 posted on 07/03/2012 10:05:14 AM PDT by MNIL
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To: DogByte6RER

17 posted on 07/03/2012 10:13:22 AM PDT by Morgana (This space for rent. Cheap.)
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To: DogByte6RER
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19 posted on 07/03/2012 10:15:47 AM PDT by Morgana (This space for rent. Cheap.)
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To: katana

But as far as the question of the existence of “aquatic humans” is concerned, the phrase brings up the question of why humans, alone among all types of primates, possess a subcutaneous fat layer (like seals), narrow fin like connections between our fingers and toes, are not covered in fur, and have extraordinarily large brains (like dolphins and whales).

It is called the “Aquatic Ape Theory” and it makes a hell of a lot more sense than the “Savannah Walking evolution model”

It basically posulates that human ancestors settled around the rivers and streams and spent a lot of their time wading through and swimming through water to gather food etc...


20 posted on 07/03/2012 10:18:01 AM PDT by GraceG
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To: GraceG

Yep. Read the book many years ago while I was in college. But I do understand why it never became mainstream. Too many established reputations in academia would get blown out of the water (pun intended). Grant money and personal pride always trump all, but it’s still amazing that the scientific profession is the last to grasp that the rubble of reputations is what scientific progress is built upon.


21 posted on 07/03/2012 10:37:08 AM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: Morgana

Which one of those are you ? ;-D


22 posted on 07/03/2012 11:27:18 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: All

NOAA missed this ABC news report ...

“Splash! Real-Life Mermaids Seek Beauty of Deep”

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/real-life-mermaids-superhumans/story?id=10771939

“Real-Life Mermaids: New Adventure in the Deep”

http://abcnews.go.com/2020/slideshow/underwater-activists-cavort-fish-raise-awareness-10778250

I smell a government cover-up!

: )


23 posted on 07/03/2012 1:16:48 PM PDT by DogByte6RER ("Loose lips sink ships")
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To: katana

There are a lot of holes and flat out misrepresentations in that theory:

http://www.aquaticape.org/aatclaims.html


24 posted on 07/03/2012 1:58:31 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: fieldmarshaldj
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25 posted on 07/03/2012 2:19:26 PM PDT by Morgana (This space for rent. Cheap.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Bah. I've never worried about mermaids.

It's the Good People I'm worried about!

26 posted on 07/03/2012 2:28:31 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Boogieman
Well, theories should be challenged and few if any are air tight.

But juxtaposed to the alternative and accepted evolutionist theory that a primate living on the dry savannahs of Africa for no apparent reason grew a huge brain, lost its fur, started developing webs twixt its digits, and a layer of fat under its skin, this one has always seemed to me more logical and reasonable. But hey, it's just a theory.

If you're going at it from a creationist viewpoint then that's a different argument entirely. Personally, I have more respect for that idea than I do for what passes for accepted wisdom among afro-centric paleo-anthropologists. The latter simply refuse to debate or look at evidence which doesn't fit what they wrote in their last paper.

27 posted on 07/03/2012 3:33:38 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana

Well, you’re still arguing based on misconceptions from that theory. Primates have the same fat layers that we do. Primates have the same slight webbing between their fingers that we do. We do have “fur” on our bodies, though obviously not as much of it as most other mammals. Primates can walk upright, and some of them do so just as easily as they walk on all fours. So what are you left with? That we have bigger brains? That’s not evidence of an aquatic origin at all.

Personally, I think all the Darwinian evolutionists are wrong, but the “aquatic ape” theory isn’t just wrong, it’s based on “facts” that are not really facts.


28 posted on 07/03/2012 4:03:56 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: Morgana

Hi, there.


29 posted on 07/03/2012 4:21:20 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (If you like lying Socialist dirtbags, you'll love Slick Willard)
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To: Boogieman
Thanks. That's a thorough a rebuttal to the "facts" I recall reading, I think in Desmond Morris' The Naked Ape. I'm still not at all convinced that the extrapolations anthropologists draw from a very few scattered bones make an airtight case for their concept of human evolution. But I appreciate learning that some things I'd read many years ago aren't necessarily so.

Some of the points made, though, do seem to be straw man arguments. The word "hairless" is used as if it implies completely bare skinned. Even the skin of dolphins and whales, which are universally accepted as mammals fully adapted to an aquatic environment, contains hair follicles. But it did blow holes through a number of things I assumed were true.

30 posted on 07/03/2012 8:22:03 PM PDT by katana (Just my opinions)
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To: katana

No problem, I’m glad I could clear a few things up for you. Was “blow holes” an intentional aquatic mammal pun? :)


31 posted on 07/03/2012 8:55:15 PM PDT by Boogieman
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; decimon; 1010RD; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; ...

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks DogByte6RER.

Prior to this gov't announcement, I never had any doubt that mermaids were mythical.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


32 posted on 07/05/2012 2:36:48 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: katana

Problem is,the Biblical accounts describe the increasing complexity of life on Earth, culminating in man.

Nothing about evolution contradict that.

And I have NEVER read any scientific speculation that life did not start in the oceans or at least the tidal pools.

Genesis, Ch. 1, V 20.

“And God said, let the moving waters bring forth the moving creature that hath life...”

I get the same feeling when I think about what would happen if you had a disease or something and went to a doctor. He would give you a prescription, and tell you to do X,Y, and Z.
But if instead, you went to some kind of witch doctor, or holy man or shaman in a primitive society, they would wave a chicken bone over you and tell you to do something.

In a weird way, it’s like they are telling you the same thing, but are simply speaking a different language.

Just my opinion!

;-)


33 posted on 07/05/2012 3:01:22 AM PDT by djf ("There are more old drunkards than old doctors." - Benjamin Franklin)
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To: mojito

Mr. Limpet lead the US to victory in WW2.


34 posted on 07/05/2012 5:53:26 AM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: 1010RD
The government lies again...


35 posted on 07/05/2012 8:26:48 AM PDT by null and void (Day 1261 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...)
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To: DogByte6RER; SunkenCiv

Now who should I believe - the government or the combined myths of ancient civilizations? That’s easy ;)


36 posted on 07/05/2012 8:48:06 AM PDT by Duchess47 ("One day I will leave this world and dream myself to Reality" Crazy Horse)
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To: DogByte6RER
Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also abound in mythology — in addition to mermaids, there were wise centaurs, wild satyrs, and frightful minotaurs, to name but a few.

I heard in the time of Noah there were various human-animal cross breeding and DNA splicing experiments going on, resulting in many of these creatures' existence. Of course these would've all been wiped out in the flood, but maybe a few mermaids could've survived, water being their natural environment and all.

37 posted on 07/05/2012 9:38:08 PM PDT by sadponies
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To: sadponies

I heard in the time of Noah there were various human-animal cross breeding and DNA splicing experiments going on, resulting in many of these creatures’ existence. Of course these would’ve all been wiped out in the flood, but maybe a few mermaids could’ve survived, water being their natural environment and all.


Nah...when God smites you, you’re toast!


38 posted on 07/05/2012 9:46:28 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (If there is a war on women, the Kennedys are the Spec Ops troops.)
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To: Rides_A_Red_Horse

Or sometimes salt.

39 posted on 07/05/2012 10:00:36 PM PDT by sadponies
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To: DogByte6RER

I just watched a fascinating piece on Discovery Channel called “Mermaids: The Body Found” that I highly recommend to everyone. The supposed documentary was made in 2011 and it is thought-provoking.

The program discusses the mass killings of whales due to some kind of sonar experiment by the U.S. Navy in 2004, but there was allegedly something else that washed up on the beach in Washington state after that event. They also discuss the remains of something interesting found in a Great White caught off South Africa.

One thing they mentioned that I had never heard before was that fish caught in nets, in the Baltic and other areas, occasionally are found with broken-off spears in their sides. Say what?

My skepticism gene kicked in while watching this, especially when they said the Navy is conducting a huge cover-up of their discovery, but I have to admit I enjoyed watching this.

And yeah, I share the same doubts — when the government denies something you can pretty much assume they’re lying.


40 posted on 07/16/2012 7:10:29 AM PDT by DNME (Tired of being polite about it? Time for action? Reawaken the Sons of Liberty!)
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To: DogByte6RER

Whoops! Guess I shoulda read the links first.

Still, “Mermaids: The Body Found” was a pretty good documentary, or mock-umentary, as the case may be. I do recommend it for amusing TV viewing.


41 posted on 07/16/2012 9:43:28 AM PDT by DNME (Tired of being polite about it? Time for action? Reawaken the Sons of Liberty!)
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