Mermaid Myth: Government Blog Debunks 'Aquatic Humanoids'

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Get ready for a shock: mermaids don't exist, according to the U.S. government's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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The revelation came in an "Ocean Facts" blog post on June 27, although the news is only now going viral on .

The entry did take its sweet time about clarifying that fact. After a couple of paragraphs talking about the history of mermaid myths, offered this: "But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.

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"Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists."

Some news accounts have suggested the post was in response to a documentary-style drama on the Animal Planet channel, "Mermaids: the Body Found," which screened a couple of months ago. The show suggested news of "aquatic humanoids" was being covered up by the government. Here's a clip:

But the NOAA has now debunked that idea, too, that the blog was not specifically tied to the show -- it's just one of 195 "Ocean Facts" the agency has posted.

This is the second time this year a government agency has had to debunk the supernatural. At the beginning of June, with a horrific face-eating incident in the news, the Centers for Disease Control it didn't know of "a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead (or one that would present zombie-like symptoms)."

Does this kind of statement make a government agency look foolish -- or is it necessary education in an era where people seem willing to believe anything? Have your say in the comments.

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