Thereare tales about the existence of mysterious creatures, half-human andhalf-fish renowned as mermaids for the female version and mermen forthe male. According to the old tales, mermaids are said to bring badfortune and caused human death[CITATION Rad14 p 2 l 1033 ].Some of the horrible things associated with mermaids include,enchanting sailors, and instigating shipwrecks. On the contrary, sometales describe mermaid as indicators of good fortune by grantinghumanwishes and also providing a cure. Moreover, some mermaids married,lived, and even had children with humans[CITATION E2B06 p 1 l 1033 ].Despite alleged mermaid sightings in various coastal towns, thestories about mermaids remain to be scuttlebutts and mythologies.
Mostof the people reported to have seen the mermaids are sailors whosometimes might have confused mermaids with other oceanic creaturessuch as dugongs and manatees. Since these creatures were sighted fromquite a distance and submerged in water, some of their body partscould not have been noticeable[CITATION Rad14 p 1 l 1033 ].The sighting of such animals might have spawned rumors about thesightings and the existence of mermaids and mermen.
Overthe years, sailors reported to have seen these creatures alongcoastlines however, various stories have surfaced, questioning thereality and the existence of mermaids. Despite recent reports onmermaids in different towns, no single proof of any aquatic humanoidhas ever been revealed[CITATION Rad14 p 2 l 1033 ].Therefore, the existence of mermaids remains to be fiction and myth.
Mermaidsand Merman stories have been told throughout the generations sinceantiquity. The question whether mermaids are real still lingers inpeople`s minds irrespective of the several sightings reported bysailors. Therefore, only extensive research can bring to light thetrue side of the story.
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