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No evidence of mermaids, says US government
Posted: 03 July 2012 09:35 AM   [ Ignore ]
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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-18692830

Science has found no evidence that mermaids exist, a US government scientific agency has said.

The National Ocean Service made the unusual declaration in response to public inquiries following a TV show on the mythic creatures.

It is thought some viewers may have mistaken the programme for a documentary.

“No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” the service wrote in an online post.

The National Ocean Service posted an article last week on its educational website, Ocean Facts.

Images and tales of mermaids - half-human, half-fish - appear in mythology and art from across the world and through history, from Homer’s Odyssey to the oral lore of the Australian aboriginals, the service wrote.

The article was written from publicly available sources because “we don’t have a mermaid science programme”, National Ocean Service spokeswoman Carol Kavanagh told the BBC.

She said that at least two people had written to the agency asking about the creatures.

The inquiries followed May’s broadcast of Mermaids: The Body Found, on the Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet network.

The programme was a work of fiction but its wink-and-nod format apparently led some viewers to believe it was a science education show, Discovery Channel has acknowledged.

:facepalm: to those who wrote in!

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Posted: 03 July 2012 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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And there is also no evidence of fake moonlandings btw.

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Posted: 03 July 2012 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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Or BigFoots. (bigfeet?)

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Posted: 03 July 2012 12:18 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Or Chupacabras.

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Posted: 03 July 2012 12:19 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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Or Loch Ness Monsters.

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Posted: 03 July 2012 12:35 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Nor Unicorns

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Posted: 03 July 2012 12:48 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 6 ]
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However, Lamas are real!

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Posted: 03 July 2012 11:08 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 7 ]
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Science has found no evidence that mermaids exist, a US government scientific agency has said.

The sea dragons ate ‘em all.

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However, Lamas are real!

Are we sure about that?

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Posted: 04 July 2012 02:39 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 8 ]
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Unfairly Balanced - 03 July 2012 12:18 PM

Or Chupacabras.

My favourite cryptid.

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