The creature clearly has the distinguishing upper body features of a female human with the lower body of a fish complete with scales and a tail.
Is this finally evidence that mermaids exist or just another clever internet hoax?
Mermaids have appeared in folklore of many cultures throughout history.
One of the earliest stories came from Ancient Assyria and involved the goddess Atargatis turning herself into a mermaid out of shame after accidentally killing her human lover.
The waters apparently couldn’t hide her amazing beauty, which is why she appeared as human above the water and as a fish below.
More often in folklore , Mermaids appearances coincided with perilous events such as storms, shipwrecks and drownings, but in some traditions they have also been reported as benevolent, granting favors to humans they fall in love with.
Mermaids are closely related to the sirens of Greek Mythology. Sirens were dangerous beautiful creatures who lured sailors to their watery deaths by enchanting them with their music and voices
Did you know while exploring the Caribbean even the famous explorer Christopher Columbus claimed to have seen mermaids?
What does science believe?
The U.S. National Ocean Service stated in 2012 that no evidence of a mermaid has ever been found.
So what did Columbus and other sailors throughout history see on their voyages?
Many believe that most of these historical sightings were animals like Dugongs and Manatees that belonged to a biological order called Sirenia, which of course got its name from the mythological sirens.
No back story was uploaded along with these pictures and the creature in this picture does not look like either a manatee, or dugong, so then what else could it be?
It turns out that these mermaid images came from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean “On Stranger Tides”. They had me fooled at first, they are very well done and awesome looking mermaid props.