"Mermaid" Skeleton Found in Egypt
A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the
upper body of a human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids
appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide,
including the Near East, Europe, and Asia. The first
stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the
goddess Atargatis transforms herself into a mermaid out
of shame for accidentally killing her human lover.
Mermaids are sometimes depicted as perilous creatures
associated with floods, storms, shipwrecks, and
drowning. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within
the same tradition) they can be benevolent, bestowing
boons or falling in love with humans.

Mermaids are associated with the Sirens of Greek
mythology and with the Sirenia, a biological order which
comprises dugongs and manatees. Historical sightings
by sailors may have been the result of misunderstood

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.
Who would have known that these last couple of
months everyone would be talking about mermaids. We
first covered mermaids when the Animal Planet released
their special, “
Mermaids The Body Found.” We covered
the story here at our article title, “Animal Planet
Mermaids Show Bodies Found That Create Nightmares
[pictures & videos].”

The Animal Planet wasn’t the last of the mermaid bodies
being found as a new one has surfaced. A man calling
himself Professor Dimitrov has released pictures of a
skeleton of a woman that is quite apparently a mermaid.
The skeleton is very tall and has a fish tail like
appearance starting at the hips and goes all the way
down into a bony fin.
Comments from Our Readers
After many natural disasters eg. tsunamis, there are stories of unusual creatures/
skeletons washing up. I think it is possible that these unusual skeletal remains exist
and scientists (and pseudo-scientists) like to publish all kinds of theories.

I guess I would have to say that I do not believe mermaids exist as described in
folklore but I do believe there could be many unusual skeletal remains hiding on this
planet waiting to be 'exposed' by some natural or man-made disaster.

After all, how old is our planet? Many generations of evolution for both animals and
humans! And when you add unusual development patterns and birth defects to the
mix, one can expect some unusual remains.
Marcelle Comeau
I do not think such a creature exist in the water.  I do think that there are people born
with their legs fused together creating a mermaid look.
Nancy Nalle McKenzie
The Bulgarian Mermaid Skeleton...The Discovery Channel showed a program 'The
Body Found' and since everything on tv is true, mermaids must exist...and then there
also was the mermaid that washed up after the tsunami.  BTW unicorns also exist
because there are skeletons of them too!!!!
Dennis Brann
According to NOAA mermaids do not exist.I do not believe mermaid exist--just
Angels, Ghosts, Goblins, Leprechauns and Aliens.  Oh, I forgot Bigfoot. I watch
WAYYYYY too much TV.
Kathy Mooney
A silimar "creature" does exist but in the form of a rare human birth defect. The  
condition called is called sirenomelia. These children are born with their lower limbs
fused, giving a mermaid like appearance.
Talea Jurrens
I do not think that mermaids exist.  What people will believe!
Donna Jolley
No,I wish they did and still exist if there is a true mermaid, but I beleive
it is a fairy tale. Not that I dont beleive because I do believe.
Jackie McCarty
There is no proof of such creatures other than from myth and legend, but who
knows? After all, the bondegezou (tree kangaroo) was unknown until 2009.
Jon Edens
No evidence has ever been found that an aquatic humanoid has ever existed.
Timmy Fitzpatrick
Shucks, I don't even believe in Santa or the tooth fairy, and there's as much real
evidence for them as for mermaids.
Tom Collins
Apparently people are tripping over mermaid skeletons because they're all over the
place. BTW, isn't "mermaid" sexist? Shouldn't it be "merperson"  As for their
existence, everybody knows merpeople aren't real. It's silly. Hopefully, someday we
will stop wasting our time on fantasies and get serious about real things, like Big Foot.
Tim Bailey
Folklorists should be embarrassed enough for saying that sailors supposedly mistook
manatees for mermaids. Manatees don't look anything like people.
Joshua Kreitzer
Like Nessie, (and Sasquatch as well),  unless one can canvas the entire watered
portions of Earth at one instant in time then it is still mere speculation that such a
creature does NOT exist, despite science saying probably not.

I believe in dinosaurs, although not talking ones, and I believe in the DoDo bird, long
extinct as well, however, outside of Disney interpretation of folk tales or DC/Marvel's
Aquaman, I believe more in the existence of aliens here on Earth than in mermaids.
Even if we here now are all descended from an alien pair.
John Pero
After last week's quiz, thanks for an easy one this week.  Last week I couldn't get
away from thinking the two figures were mermaids with some extra fins I didn't
know about.  When I saw this week's picture, I thought maybe you had a theme
going.  Alas, last week's figures weren't mermaids.

Do mermaids exist?  Of course not, but wouldn't it be fun to think so?  After all,
didn't we all come from the sea originally?  I suspect the closest we are going to get
to seeing a mermaid is the manatee.
Carol Farrant
This kind of fakery should be labeled such. It can be enjoyed as an art work or
product of an imagination -- a little gruesome for my tastes.
Judy Pfaff
It’s not that I think mermaid are impossible, It’s just not possible that they would look
the way we’ve imagined them.  Michael Phelps to the contrary, humans are built to
walk upright on land; mammals living in the oceans are all streamlined for moving
through water.  

I did like the Darryl Hannah movie.
Margaret Paxton
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Note from Marcelle Comeau:

A silimar "creature" does exist but in the form of a rare human birth defect. The  
condition called is called sirenomelia. These children are born with their lower limbs
fused, giving a mermaid like appearance.
Answer to Quiz #389 - March 2, 2013
1. Where was this skeleton supposedly found?
2.  Why was a similar skeleton in the news last year?
3. Does such a creature exist?  What do you think?
Thanks to Milene Rawlinson for submitting the this quiz.
Congratulations to Our Winners!

Marcelle Comeau                Nancy Nalle-McKenzie
Dennis Brann                Audrey Nicholson
Kanty Mooney                Angel Esparza
Talea Jurrens                Daniel Jolley
Margaret Paxton                Donna Jolley
Jackie McCarty                Rebecca Bare
Debbie Johnson                Shirley Yurkewich
Jon Edens                Timmy Fitzpatrick
Tom Collins                Tim Bailey
Kathy Storm                Janice M. Sellers
Joshua Kretizer                John Pero
Carol Farrant                Judy Pfaff
1. Sozopol Beach on the Black Sea, Bulgaria
2.  While The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen was on exhibit in Japan,
a mermaid skeleton was substituted for it.
3. No, but it would be nice if it did.
Skeleton sits in for Copenhagen's travelling Little Mermaid
COPENHAGEN — A skeleton
briefly sat in for Copenhagen's
beloved Little Mermaid, who left
her spot in the harbour last week
for China, the museum behind the
April Fool's prank said Thursday.

"Copenhagen will be deprived of its
Little Mermaid for six months, and
we thought we should replace it.
It's April Fools, after all!" Hanne
Strager, the head of exhibitions at
the Natural History Museum of
Denmark, told AFP.
The replacement -- which even had a skeleton fish tail -- was placed
in the same position as the Little Mermaid and sat in her vacant spot
for two hours, to the delight of tourists.

"Half of the mermaid was built with a human skeleton, and the other
with a swordfish" tail, Strager said.

"Many passers-by thought it was really funny and jumped in front of
the mermaid to have their pictures taken," she added.

The real Little Mermaid statue left Copenhagen last week to be the
centrepiece of the Danish pavilion at the 2010 World Expo in
Shanghai until October 31.

It was the first time the iconic sculpture left her perch at the entry of
the Copenhagen harbour since she was placed there almost a century

Her skeleton replacement was introduced to the media in a prank
statement that said the Little Mermaid "had returned".

The statement claimed it was the only remaining complete skeleton of
a "Hydronymphus pesci", a species said to be extinct since the end of
the 17th century.

It claimed to have acquired the remains at the beginning of the 18th
century, and that the only other skeleton of the specimen, in Saint
Petersburg's Hermitage museum, was "not as complete as
Copenhagen's" because of its missing tail.

After basking in the Copenhagen sun for two hours, the fake skeleton
was returned to the museum where it would be displayed during the
Easter holidays, Strager said.

The Little Mermaid statue is based on a character in an 1837 fairytale
by author Hans Christian Andersen about a half-human half-fish
legendary creature in love with a human.

Edvard Eriksen's 1913 sculpture, measuring 125 centimetres (50
inches) and weighing 175 kilos (385 pounds), is considered a national
treasure and one of the main tourist attractions in Denmark.
Sirenomelia, alternatively known as Mermaid Syndrome, is a very
rare congenital deformity in which the legs are fused together,
giving them the appearance of a mermaid's tail.

This condition is found in approximately one out of every 100,000
live births (about as rare as conjoined twins) and is usually fatal
within a day or two of birth because of complications associated
with abnormal kidney and urinary bladder development and
function. More than half the cases of sirenomelia result in stillbirth
and this condition is 100 times more likely to occur in identical twins than in single
births or fraternal twins It results from a failure of normal vascular supply from the
lower aorta in utero. Maternal diabetes has been associated with caudal regression
syndrome and sirenomelia, although a few sources question this association.
Some of the websites we found out about this from had to be translated from Bulgarian
so it’s not perfect English. This excerpt is from and reads,
“Ancient skeleton of a mermaid before the Flood 8 millenniums ago was found near
Sozopol Beach by Professor Dimitrov. This “news” blew prostarnstvoto Internet.
Zevzecite comment that vampires after Dimitrov’s time to start dealing with mermaids ,
writes Novinar.”

So where did the picture of this female fish or Bulgarian mermaid start? It is said that a
journalist shared the photo on his Facebook wall and it went viral after that. The
journalist’s name is Petar Genchev. While the story sounds good, we tried to back up
the claims and find the specific journalist and his Facebook wall. To no avail we haven’
t t found the specific post. What we did find was some other information that you’ll see
Was a Mermaid Body Found in Bulgaria Near Black Sea
Posted by Christian Kirven on Jun 25th, 2012

Looking a little deeper, we found out about a
website called
Worth 1000. It seems this
photo might have been from a Photoshop
contest and further altered and then spread
with a story. What do you think? Is this the
real thing or is this another file for Snopes? It
just may be that the Animal Planet has spurred
a fascination of fooling the public into
believing there really are mermaids.
Human skeleton photoshopped
to create mermaid skeleton.
Mermaids — those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea — are
legendary sea creatures chronicled in maritime cultures since time
immemorial. The ancient Greek epic poet Homer wrote of them in
The Odyssey. In the ancient Far East, mermaids were the wives of
powerful sea-dragons, and served as trusted messengers between
their spouses and the emperors on land. The aboriginal people of
Australia call mermaids yawkyawks – a name that may refer to their
mesmerizing songs.

The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our
species. Magical female figures first appear in cave paintings in the
late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when
modern humans  gained dominion over the land and, presumably,
began to sail the seas. Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also
abound in mythology — in addition to mermaids, there were wise
centaurs, wild satyrs, and frightful minotaurs, to name but a few.

But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever
been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of
nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians,
philosophers, and anthropologists.
encounters with these aquatic mammals. Christopher Columbus reported seeing
mermaids while exploring the Caribbean, and sightings have been reported in the 20th
and 21st centuries in Canada, Israel, and Zimbabwe. The US National Ocean Service
stated in 2012 that no evidence of mermaids has ever been found.

Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries. Danish
author Hans Christian Andersen wrote his popular fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" in
1836. They have subsequently been depicted in opera, paintings, books, films, and


In 1493 while sailing off the coast of Hispaniola, Christopher Columbus reported seeing
three "female forms" which "rose high out of the sea, but were not as beautiful as they
are represented". The logbook of Blackbeard, an English pirate, records that he
instructed his crew on several voyages to steer away from charted waters which he
called "enchanted" for fear of merfolk or mermaids, which Blackbeard and members of
A Mermaid
John William Waterhouse
his crew reported seeing. These sighting
were often recounted and shared by
sailors and pirates who believed that
mermaids were bad luck and would
bewitch them into giving up their gold and
dragging them to the bottom of the sea.
Two sightings were reported in Canada
near Vancouver and Victoria—one from
sometime between 1870 and 1890, the
other from 1967.
During World War II in 1943, Japanese soldiers witnessed several mermaids on the
shores of the Kei Islands. They reported seeing creatures swimming in the water—and
one sighting on the beach—which had pink skin and spikes along their head. These
creatures reportedly were about 150 centimeters tall and had limbs and faces that were
similar to that of a human but a mouth like a carp. The locals called them Orang Ikan,
which means "fish man" in Malay. Several of these sightings occurred and were
reported to Sergeant Taro Horiba, who asked the locals about it and learned that they
sometimes got caught in the nets. The locals promised to send word to the Sergeant
next time one was caught. Eventually, one of the creatures was found dead on the
shore and the Sergeant was allowed to examine it. Being convinced, he returned to
Japan and tried to convince scientists to go study them but he was never believed.

In August 2009, after dozens of people reported seeing a mermaid leaping out of the
water and doing aerial tricks, the Israeli coastal town of Kiryat Yam offered a $1 million
award for proof of the mermaid. In February 2012, work on two reservoirs near
Gokwe and Mutare in Zimbabwe stopped when workers refused to continue, stating
that mermaids had hounded them away from the sites. It was reported by Samuel
Sipepa Nkomo, the water resources minister.

On January 9, 2013, during an episode of Mistero broadcast by Italia 1, images were
shown of a purported mermaid's corpse
on a Sri Lankan beach.


In the middle of the 17th century, John
Tradescant the elder created a
wunderkammer (called Tradescant's Ark)
in which he displayed, among other things,
a "mermaid's hand". In the 19th century,
P. T. Barnum displayed a taxidermal hoax
called the Fiji mermaid in his museum. Others have perpetrated similar hoaxes, which
are usually papier-mâché fabrications or parts of deceased creatures, usually monkeys
and fish, stitched together for the appearance of a grotesque mermaid. In the wake of
the 2004 tsunami, pictures of Fiji "mermaids" circulated on the Internet as supposed
examples of items that had washed up amid the devastation, though they were no more
real than Barnum's exhibit.

National Ocean Service

In July 2012, the National Ocean Service (a branch of National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration) stated that "no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever
been found". The statement was a response to public inquiries following Mermaids: The
Body Found, a pseudo-documentary television film which aired in May 2012 on Animal
Planet and which some had mistaken for a completely factual documentary.