The Truth Behind the Mermaid Myth

  • Published: 08 September 2018
  • Do mermaids really exist? How do these half-human half-fish mythical sea creatures look? Does Aquaman live among mermaids?
    Anyway, one of the interesting things about legends is that entirely different parts of the world describe seeing the exact same thing for centuries! Believe it or not, scientists and historians have been interested in the mermaid’s existence for years.

    The first mermaid 2:14
    Mermaids in Japanese folklore 3:28
    Mermaids in African folklore 3:46
    Mermaids in Russian folklore 4:15
    Unconfirmed sightings in the past years 5:30
    Christopher Columbus’s mermaid sighting 6:32
    Why manatees could be mistaken for mermaids 6:55
    Could mermaid body function? 8:31


    - The first mermaid, according to legends, is Atargatis, the ancient Syrian goddess of the sea. She didn’t start out as a mermaid, though.
    - Like most legends, that of the mermaid spans across cultures. In Japanese folklore, there’s the Ningyo, which is a giant fish with a human face and a monkey’s mouth.
    - In Russia, they have the Rusalka, a water nymph in Slavic mythology that’s been portrayed as both good and evil.
    - In Norway and parts of Scotland, they have the Finfolk, who were shape-shifters of the sea. They have an affinity for silver and tend to make humans their slaves.
    - The hype continues even today. Unconfirmed (and probably false) sightings have been reported all over the world in the past years.
    - One thing’s for sure, no one has actually seen, met, or caught a real mermaid, alive or not. Even Christopher Columbus’s mermaid sighting in 1493 was debunked by experts.
    - From afar, manatees are about the size of a human, their front flippers could resemble an arm from a distance, and their neck vertebrae allow them to turn their heads around like we do.
    - The human part of the mermaid wouldn’t be able to withstand a life in cold oceanic waters. That is, not unless mermaids have a thick layer of hair like sea otters or blubber like other marine mammals.

    #mermaids #marinemammals #syrian

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Comments • 8 779

    BRIGHT SIDE   1 years back

    Guys, do you believe in something beyond here, something mystical?

    • Roberta Petersen
      Roberta Petersen  8 hours back

      Yes, definitely.

    • Salima Tje
      Salima Tje  2 days back

      Yeah I do ;)

    • Harry Malfoy
      Harry Malfoy  3 days back

      BRIGHT SIDE yea I do “dragons”😂

    • Jake Lusty
      Jake Lusty  2 weeks back

      BRIGHT SIDE We don’t know if they exist or for not for sure that’s why we have science 🧬 now and they might be able to prove it if they’re just a myth or something real.

  • Beaujunior Pierre
    Beaujunior Pierre  3 hours back

    Nine out of ten have no idea who you are ... How real mermaids are going to be For such a group?

    • flossy gallaway
      flossy gallaway  5 hours back

      An no truth to be told

      • Pinktutus &flowers
        Pinktutus &flowers  1 days back

        In the book of Enoch, the women that slept with the fallen angels were cursed because of the things the fallen angels taught them. So they were banished to the ocean I think. I think mermaids might be them. That’s my guess

        • ukreporter1
          ukreporter1  2 days back

          I believe anything is possible, highly improbable BUT not impossible and that anything that man thing of is possible. Many of the stories may have been embellished over the Years but I believe over the Centuries people have spotted what they believe to be Mermaids but with all the different other false stories the true ones are drowned out.
          I do NOT believe that all the creatures they say are extinct. I believe there are some places in the far depths of this Earth that these are still existing but the areas cannot be gotten to easily either by sea or land.

          • Why da hell is Yoongi so cute

            Mermaids exist depending on the person if they believe the mythical creatures live or not.

            • Itzhak Isakov
              Itzhak Isakov  3 days back

              mermaids are real and unicorns to no dout that other mystical creatures are out there somewere

              • Meld
                Meld  3 days back

                🦉 All we need to do is chop a women's upper torso off & splice it onto a sturgeon's tail.

                • Layal Binsuror
                  Layal Binsuror  3 days back

                  There is only one god allah

                  • Stephen Barron
                    Stephen Barron  3 days back

                    I thought mermaids @re all topless ?

                    • Harry Malfoy
                      Harry Malfoy  3 days back

                      I hope I meet a siren and die in the sea

                      • jignasha chavda
                        jignasha chavda  5 days back

                        i saw it when one was found on gujarat coast it was scary and terrifying to see

                        • Bloody Freakedout
                          Bloody Freakedout  6 days back

                          In India we call "Jal pari" meaning water fairy

                          • yodit mhrietab
                            yodit mhrietab  6 days back

                            I appreciate your information but if mermaids are real you dont have to worry how they can give a birth or digest food because the scientists didnt create mermaids they created in god power.

                            • Pritam Kumar
                              Pritam Kumar  6 days back

                              If they get found, ocean will also be over populated like the land...human f*cks everything...grrrrr.....

                              • Gulnaz Shahzad
                                Gulnaz Shahzad  6 days back


                                • Cha Wil
                                  Cha Wil  6 days back

                                  They are real.

                                  • Ladi Waddell
                                    Ladi Waddell  6 days back

                                    “Merging the two just wouldn’t work”

                                    God: bet.

                                    • Jyoti Sadcopon
                                      Jyoti Sadcopon  4 days back

                                      everything is possible in nature.... just as how weve evolved they just might have evolved as well but in a completely different manner..... how on earth did every people in every parts of the world know about this creature perhaps they received a letter???

                                  • Caroline Miller
                                    Caroline Miller  7 days back

                                    i think we only use 10 percent of our brain so wouldnt ot be ignorant to say they dont exist cause we dont see them..if i didnt feel the wind i wouldnt know it existed except for the brreze. anything is possible and i like to think we came from altantis.

                                    • Scull Hunter Gamer
                                      Scull Hunter Gamer  1 weeks back

                                      Sick start good job!💯❤️🔥

                                      • To Ri
                                        To Ri  1 weeks back

                                        I think they just existed in the wide imaginary mind of the writers.😁

                                        • Jonas Ings
                                          Jonas Ings  1 weeks back

                                          Mermaids do not exest

                                          • Bob More
                                            Bob More  1 weeks back

                                            Unless you've tried mating a human with a dolphin or beluga whale I don't think mermaids exist.

                                            • maycee mcgc
                                              maycee mcgc  1 weeks back

                                              Hehe who just Look in the vid to know if Mermaids real?


                                              • Quorey Horton
                                                Quorey Horton  1 weeks back

                                                I know this might sound crazy but what if mermaid evolved into manatees

                                                • Brockton Bensch
                                                  Brockton Bensch  1 weeks back

                                                  Brightside: They’re nothing more than sea cows.

                                                  Mermaid: What did I do to deserve that?

                                                  • Screw you Username
                                                    Screw you Username  1 weeks back

                                                    Physiology.... it's mythically

                                                    • Raidyn Mosher
                                                      Raidyn Mosher  1 weeks back

                                                      Well maybe there are mermaids but they weren't exactly the little mermaids you were expecting

                                                      • Chicago galaxy
                                                        Chicago galaxy  1 weeks back

                                                        I still believe

                                                        • gachapatatosavage da cookie

                                                          Their wait for a right time to tell us there real

                                                          • gachapatatosavage da cookie

                                                            I believe mermaids are real

                                                            • cairo chaney
                                                              cairo chaney  1 weeks back

                                                              I believe in mermaids.

                                                              • MsHSpring
                                                                MsHSpring  1 weeks back

                                                                I just hope mermaids are true and have magical powers, and will somehow clean up the ocean from plastics, and save other aquatic lives.. humans are curse to earth..

                                                                • MsHSpring
                                                                  MsHSpring  1 weeks back

                                                                  I just hope mermaids are true and have magical powers, and will somehow clean up the ocean from plastics, and save other aquatic lives.. humans are curse to earth..

                                                                  • MsHSpring
                                                                    MsHSpring  1 weeks back

                                                                    Mermaids are also mentioned in Indian mythology and also in many South Asian countries.. In Indian mythology, they are mentioned in Ramayana.. Ramayana also mentions Vanaras (Hanuman), which perfectly matches Neanderthal men.. It also mentions that Vanaras will soon be extinct and in Mahabaratha(which happens after Mahabaratha), these vanaras are not mentioned.. And Ramayana mentioned about a man made bridge between India and Srilanka, and it was proved true by NASA... if so many cultures talk about same type of species, I tend to believe they are true...

                                                                    • Sandiso Mbanjwa
                                                                      Sandiso Mbanjwa  1 weeks back

                                                                      There is only one True God

                                                                      • Ella V
                                                                        Ella V  1 weeks back

                                                                        is this even the truth thou

                                                                        • Kurt Flugge
                                                                          Kurt Flugge  1 weeks back

                                                                          MERMAIDS are real!!!!!¡!?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                                          • IAM BLACKBEAUTY
                                                                            IAM BLACKBEAUTY  1 weeks back

                                                                            Its rude that people did so many 👎🏽

                                                                            • IAM BLACKBEAUTY
                                                                              IAM BLACKBEAUTY  1 weeks back

                                                                              I was the 53kth like SO MANY LIKES(a good thing)

                                                                              • IAM BLACKBEAUTY
                                                                                IAM BLACKBEAUTY  1 weeks back

                                                                                I think mermaids HAVE to be real because people have seen evidence before.

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                                                                                • Kelena Lamez
                                                                                  Kelena Lamez  2 weeks back

                                                                                  I do believe in mermaids

                                                                                  • Pauline Nyathi
                                                                                    Pauline Nyathi  2 weeks back

                                                                                    Water ocean is very cold so do u think a human's body can survive so if they are really how do they give birth

                                                                                    • Tolo Tonga
                                                                                      Tolo Tonga  2 weeks back

                                                                                      We only discovered 5% of the ocean so let's not say they not real kaye lol

                                                                                      • Cryptonigan
                                                                                        Cryptonigan  2 weeks back

                                                                                        Cant find the intro music .i cant guess the title in your music library

                                                                                        • Kira Wiseman
                                                                                          Kira Wiseman  2 weeks back

                                                                                          People scientist:I thing I saw a mermaid!!
                                                                                          Mermaids:I SAW A HUMAN PROOFFF LOOKKK

                                                                                          • Elly Z Beth
                                                                                            Elly Z Beth  2 weeks back

                                                                                            If you really wanna see them come to Mombasa (Kenya)

                                                                                            • Ahmed RIZA
                                                                                              Ahmed RIZA  2 weeks back

                                                                                              I would be really glad if they are real. But who knows 90% of the ocean is not yet explored maybe they are very small or something that we can’t see it just with a blink of eye