• Question: i am really tired and bored lol this is just a q that poped into my silly HEAD lol do mermaid exist lol

    Asked by cupcakelover to Ed, Sam, Steve on 23 Jun 2011.
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      Sam Tazzyman answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Not outside of books as far as I know. I think that the current idea is that the mermaid myth came about because people saw manatees and dugongs, although how anyone would think a manatee or a dugong has a female torso I have no idea.

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      Edward Morrison answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      I don’t think so. In the olden days, sailors would spend weeks at sea and get very lonely as there were no women on the ships. So maybe they hallucinated or fantasised that they saw beautiful mermaids.

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      Steven Daly answered on 23 Jun 2011:

      Sadly not. I did read an excellent article on how to make a fake mermaid corpse though once, it was very interesting. Sometimes people do make fake ones and pretend they are real.