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Mermaid Sightings

Numerous mermaid sightings have been recorded throughout the years, with many taking place recently. Of course, the vast majority took place when sailing was the optimum method of traversing the globe, with famous voyagers such as Blackbeard and Christopher Columbus famously recording sightings of “female forms” in their logbooks.

Fast forward to the present day and mermaid sightings, although lower in number, are nevertheless some of the most hotly debated conspiracy theories on the internet. In fact, some believe so fervently in the existence of mermaids that this belief has interfered in their daily lives – in February 2012, for example, Zimbabwean water resources minister Samuel Sipepa Nkomo was forced to reveal that work on two of the country’s reservoirs ground to a halt after workers claimed mermaids had chased them away from their sites.

Another instance in which government intervention was required was in the Israeli coastal town of Kiryat Yam in 2009. Following dozens of visitors and local residents reporting the presence of a mermaid, who performed an impressive array of aerial tricks, off the coast, local authorities offered a $1 million reward to anyone who could bring forward proof of the fantastical creature’s existence. Although no evidence ever surfaced, scuba diving instructors presumably enjoyed a very bountiful season that year!

Perhaps the most controversial example of a mermaid sighting was the Animal Planet docufiction entitled Mermaids: The Body Found, which aired in May 2012. While the show centred entirely around CGI recreations of amateur mermaid sighting clips, so many members of the public contacted the National Ocean Service to enquire about the existence of mermaids that the body was forced to issue a statement declaring that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”

Unable to resist recreating the hype the first docufiction created, Animal Planet unveiled another mockumentary called Mermaids: The New Evidence exactly one year later. Although the National Ocean Service once more denied mermaid existence, pointing out that the “scientist” in the show was an actor, rumours of the presence of mermaids have persisted to this day.

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