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In case you didn't know, mermaids are not real

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It seems the mythical creatures that have captured the imaginations of people for centuries exist only in our minds. (Source: WikiCommons/Infrogmation) It seems the mythical creatures that have captured the imaginations of people for centuries exist only in our minds. (Source: WikiCommons/Infrogmation)

(RNN) - The experts at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration took a break from their usual hurricane-season duties to provide you with this timely tidbit - there is no such thing as a mermaid.

NOAA, which provides valuable information and warnings regarding hurricanes and tropical storms, posted a statement on its website proclaiming to the world that "no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found."

But there are plenty of colorful legends floating around the world.

"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," according to NOAA.

Tsunami sirens have taken over these duties in the modern world.

Speaking of another sort of siren, Homer's classic epic poem The Odyssey did almost as good a job of glorifying nonexistent sea creatures as Fifty Shades of Grey did of glorifying, well, you know.

Thanks to the Discovery Channel, too, for doing an (almost) thoroughly convincing job of proving the existence of these mythical creatures in its TV film Mermaids: The Body Found.

So, who do we believe?

Discovery claims the "mockumentary" was intended purely for entertainment purposes. But undoubtedly, the point was to get people thinking.

"As with all good science fiction, there's a grain of science and truth to it," said Discovery contributor Benjamin Radford. "The so-called ‘aquatic ape' idea it touted (suggesting our evolutionary ancestors may have lived in marine environments) is a real hypothesis, but has nothing to do with mermaids."

Radford went on to acknowledge that NOAA has a duty to report on anything marine-related that garners large public interest, whether real or fictional.

Interestingly, no one talks nearly as much about mermen, the male counterparts of mermaids. For a myriad reasons, mermaids rule the sea and the fantasies of people everywhere.

That just figures. The ocean is the one place female creatures unequivocally get more attention than males - and no one wants to acknowledge they exist.

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