Mermaids: A Fragment of Fiction?

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Mythology, folklore and such multiple facets of fiction are found abundantly all around the globe, and they have played a major role somehow in defining today’s civilizations for they have great influence in the beliefs that surround people, that in turn shape up the foundations on which many societies are built upon.

Talk about India and serpents, snake charmers, spicy food, and colorful things are what might conjure up the first thing in a foreigner’s mind, while an Indian would be reminded of the dirty politics, bad streets, the racists, and the narrow minded social views—this is just an instance to remind the readers that there are almost always two sides to a story, two sides to a coin. Which means, one should fix upon something to deem it as agreeable or not, after careful consideration of all the facts and proofs that are available at hand. Blind conclusion happens many times, and is an evil in itself no matter what topic it concerns.

Fairytales are what are now proclaimed to be mere unreality, to be stories created by someone jobless a long, long time ago. What if they are not?

What if the very many stories of goblins, leprechauns, unicorns, witchcraft might be true after all? We’ve all read or heard about these in the kindergarten or elementary school level, but have any of us thought them to be real perhaps? A few days after watching some horror movie based on mythology, we would be quite curious about it, research it on Wikipedia; give it a laugh to then stop.

There are so many television series, spin-offs that are produced and find popularity though they’re based on mere fairytales. There is a globally acclaimed Disney movie, depicting in animation the story written by Hans Christian Anderson. When such shows make us feel wowed and briefly have us believe in them for the twenty minutes of their airing, why do we refuse to believe in those fairytale creatures’ existence when we chance upon any small figment of ‘proof’ of their reality?

Now for the question, do mermaids really exist?

Before answering that with a nod or shake of the head, knowing about the theories that surround them is good. There are fabled stories and accounts of people who’ve sighted them; mermaids have always been earmarked in the history and myths of all countries. Ancient Greece, the Near East, the Arabian countries, Western and Eastern Europe, the British Isles, India, Thailand, the Philippines, Africa, China, Japan and so many more countries have narratives of sightings or tales of mermaids. With the countries being on different continents thousands of miles apart, how is it that the myths of the mermaids are present everywhere? This is of course not mere coincidence, but perhaps pointers to let us know that there might be mermaids existing all over the world, inhabiting the deep seas like how we humans are everywhere, but on land instead.

The talk of mermaids promptly chronicles of how they are bringers of doom who wreck ships, bring bad luck to sailors and lure people with their irresistible voice and womanly charms? It is notable to say that females are portrayed in most tales, with mentions of mermen here and there. Nevertheless, the fiction part of the mermaids would be well known by many.

Both mythologically and scientifically speaking, there survive many theories explaining the possibility of the emergence of humans evolving from sea creatures. Very recently, the channel Animal Planet released two documentaries on mermaids in which one seemed to support this theory with computer-based graphics for the viewers to understand this seemingly complex theory; it showed that some of our ancestors, the ancient apes, might have chosen the aquatic world to lead life, and later blended with the sea to form it their new habitat, developing into creatures that we call as mermaids. The documentary is highly appealing, and is quite recommendable.

These two documentaries are called ‘Mermaids: The Body Found,’ and, ‘Mermaids: The New Evidence’. Both span more than an hour or so, and compel the viewer with lulling them into belief. It has three scientists who are said to have worked with the NOAA—a national venture by North America—said to be fired now over their announcement of mermaid findings which the government wanted to keep hushed up. It has them talk about their findings, and rare discoveries of the ‘bloop’ which is believed to be the recording of mermaids talking underwater whose frequency of sound is way below that of dolphins maybe, and there are people on the show who claim to be experts in decoding the lingo of the sea mammals saying that there definitely exists a society of mer-people in the waters whose intellect seems to be high, with their language structure which those researchers deem to be quite highly complicated.

There are rather frightening, and surprising videos shown to prove that mermaids exist that literally take the breath out of the view—evidences which claim to be surreal and promising. In all, these documentaries are totally worth every second they span, though there are many ridicules hurled at Animal Planet for airing such fake documentaries; there are rude comments posted all over the internet about it, and also posts saying that the ‘scientists’ on the show are in fact actors, thus proving the whole thing to be just another fraud.

What is for sure is that one might not know what to really believe in; people after watching these documentaries, and reading the write-ups of mermaids in the internet, maybe even in just Wikipedia, would be left mentally stranded as to what to believe in. There is so much proof, yet so much not to believe in which makes the mystery surrounding the mermaids even more magical, and of course mystifying.


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