• Question: i am interested in your views on the belief of mermaids, how would you explain the found evidence of half human half fish species by the American Government and US Navy? Get back to me soon, thank you!

    Asked by fitzwalcott to James on 27 Jun 2014.
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      James Bell answered on 27 Jun 2014:

      This is actually a conspiracy theory. The TV channel Animal Planet made a ‘mockumentary’ (a fake documentary) about a supposed cover up of a mermaid that was discovered off the coast of Washington State.


      The National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the USA (equivalent of our MET office and National Oceanography Centre) issued an official statement stating that this is a hoax. Nobody, as far as I know, has ever discovered a mermaid.

      Mermaids are mythological half-human, half-fish creatures but fish and humans are separated by over 300 million years of evolution. If a human sea creature were to exist, it would most likely to be more similar to a sea lion or a walrus and a popular theory about mermaid sightings is that sailors mistook walruses and sea lions for mermaids