Photography by Zena Holloway
Audio asking Gull Lake students on their opinion of mermaids.
Their skin is cold as ice, their eyes the size of diamonds and a lower body tale that elongates as far as ten feet. This creature lurks in the deepest oceans of earth.
This odd creature is known as half human and half fish, often called a mermaid. Such of an underwater urchin has always been known as a fairy tale; however, evidence has recently generated a question, did this aquatic human exist?
Throughout history, different cultures have spoken of the same anonymous wonder of a half human, half fish. Folk tales have been told through time, forming true visions into myths. Legends existed of beautiful women that only had long hair to cover their upper body, and fins that shimmered of blue and green scales. Greek mythology explained mermaids or sirens as beautiful singing voices, who enchanted men from their work. Mermaids were given blame for often shipwrecks, floods, storms or drowning.
Tales were told in Britain, Eastern Europe, China, Ancient Near East and Scandinavia. These stories then spread into fairytales that brought fictional character into people’s minds.
The hot topic of Mermaids: The Body found, produced by Charlie Foley was released on July, 12 2012. Foley created this film, packed with 3D image, and mind bogling evidence that mermaids did evolve over time.
The depths of earth’s oceans will always be a mystery. However, New and amazing creatures are found every day, and scientists still can’t beat the wrath of the ocean. The NOAA, (National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration) says that to date, scientists have explored less than 5 percent of the ocean. There has been 95 percent of earth’s ocean unexplored, which has never been seen before by the human eye.
It is said 6 million years ago, on Africa’s coast, aquatic apes began to live and grow. However, earth quakes and tsunamis led some to survive on the ocean. These apes adapted to the ocean and the environment. What first intrigued them to the ocean were the nutritional foods. Nutrients such as iodine and fatty acids were abundant in shellfish and sea weed. Apes began to grow webbed feet and hold their breath under water for hours at a time.
After 2 million years later, they could fully breathe under water, their skin the texture of dolphins, and their heads twice the size with a smell for food as strong as a shark, said a source from Discovery Channels documentary of Mermaids: The Body found.
The documentary is filled with evidence to make a viewer believe that mermaids did exist. The idea that mermaids evolved overtime from monkeys to an aquatic species, was presented. The documentary also explains that the government discovered evidence of mermaids, but that the evidence was kept then destroyed.
According to The National Ocean Service, no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.
Many listen to the government, however, why would the government protect the world from such a small misdemeanor as of a mermaid documentary?
“Crazy things exist in this world! Why do people deny the fact that mermaids might have swam through the depths of our ocean if dinosaurs roamed the earth?” asked a freshman student at Gull Lake high school, Madi Bradley.
Crazy and unknown things do exist. Cutaneous horns is a rare disease in which causes a tree like growth on the hands and feet. One man, an Indosean fisherman named Dede, caught this disease after cutting his knees and arms in a teenage accident. Welts and warts covered Dede’s body, leaving him almost paralyzed with tree roots growing out of his skin.
“This is a rare and odd fact that tree people can exist. However, I’m not sure how that can relate to mermaids because mermaids evolved over time. On the other hand, having roots growing out of your arms is a disease, so I still can’t make sense out of mermaids,” said freshman Miranda Growth.
Growth makes a clear point, mermaids and tree people are born from different positions. However, someone people don’t look that deep. It’s the wow factor that makes most people believe in crazy existence. For some people the fact that something as wacky as a tree man exists, makes mermaids possible.
If mermaids really did roam the earth’s oceans millions of years ago, why is it so hard for humans to believe? Maybe the possibility is that mermaid stories have always been told as myths, and humans cannot get “The Little Mermaid” out of their minds. Stories have been told about mammoths and dinosaurs, and because of evidence, we believe they once lived. Since stories and evidence have also been found on mermaids, why don’t people believe in aquatic humans?
It is difficult to look at another species of human and accept that they can exist. Aliens and paranormal activity are other human encounters that are difficult to cope with. Our minds can believe only what we have seen, and who knows what we will encounter. But is it possible mermaids lurk beyond our imagination?
By Tanisha Jaynes