Do mermaids really exist?
Although stories of people who are half-human and half-fish exist in many cultures around the world, there is no existing proof that mermaids actually exist. The widespread popularity of the myth can be attributed to traders and explorers sharing stories when they encounter new.
There is evidence that many of the mermaids in African and American indigenous cultures were originally a different type of water spirit, but took on characteristics of the European mermaid after contact with European sailors.
According to the American Museum of Natural History, it is possible that sightings of manatees, or other marine animals, explain the firsthand accounts of mermaid sightings. Taxidermists also created fake mermaids for display. The most famous example was P.T. Barnum’s “Feegee Mermaid,” which he created by sewing a deceased monkey and fish together.
Mermaids are not real; there is no conclusive scientific evidence that proves their existence in real life. Mermaids are mythical creatures that have been a part of folklore and legends for thousands of years. The myth of mermaids dates back to around 1,000 B.C.
Christopher Columbus is one of many explorers throughout history who claimed to see mermaids, or mermaid-like creatures. Columbus claimed to have first seen mermaids in 1493 off the coast of Haiti, although he said their appearance was not nearly as beautiful and appealing as in myths about mermaids. It’s likely that Columbus and others saw large marine mammals like manatees and mistook them as mermaids.