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Some consider the image of the ancient Philistine god Dagon (half man/ half fish) that is mentioned in the Old Testament (1 Samuel 5:2) a resemblance to a modern merman. But mermaids are not mentioned in the Bible at all.
Mermaids are mythical sea creatures with the upper body of a human and a lower body of a fish. Tales of such creatures first appeared in ancient Assyria—the Assyrian goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for unintentionally committing murder. Mermaids are also associated with Sirens in Greek mythology, specifically in Homer’s The Odyssey.
Christopher Columbus and other sailors mentioned seeing half woman/half fish creatures in their Caribbean excursions. But it is believed that these reports were basically only encounters with sea creatures such as manatees and dugongs.
Hans Christian Andersen’s popular fairy tale “The Little Mermaid” that was written in 1836 started a new craze for such creatures in the literature and media.
But in July 2012 the National Ocean Service (NOS) settled this question when it issued a statement that “no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” This statement was in response to public inquiries following a pseudoscientific documentary on mermaids which was aired in May 2012 on the Animal Planet program. Many had mistaken the fictional film for a factual documentary.
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