Who says all myths are supposed to stay in the fairytale world? After watching a documentary on a certain legend, I think scientists genuinely believe in mermaids.
Yes, you read that right. Not the kind of mermaid that can speak English and sing underwater, but one that seems like a marine avatar. But you don’t think mermaids are real, do you?
After the remains of an unknown body were found in a Great White shark, scientists took what was left of it to the lab to study it thoroughly. Because the body was in such a bad state, it certainly wasn’t an easy task.
After sending off some DNA samples for identification, the scientists received a report stating their findings were “unknown” and “contaminated.”
Befuddled, a scientist (before I say anything further, I should let you know that I can’t remember the names of most of the scientists mentioned here) called in a specialist who studied animal body parts.
The doctors found a large spleen in the mess. Usually, large spleens are meant for deep-diving marine animals. The tail of the creature — one that had an uncanny resemblance to a manatee’s tail — was the best preserved, while the bones of the fins and the skull were sent for remodelling.
After trying to figure out the structure of the bones, there was only one method the scientist hadn’t yet used — reconstructing it in the shape of a human hand. Guess who thought up that theory?
The reconstructed skull had a bony ridge, probably meant for cutting through the icy waters, and the fatty tissue was thick, as expected. These features are also found in deep-sea marine animals.
A few years ago, a recording of an unknown animal’s call was released, though nobody thought much of it. After finding out about this “mermaid,” the recording was brought into the picture.
In this documentary, there were animations of the creature, showing that we are, in one way or another, related to it. But these are just theories since there is no living proof. Try imagining a sea-blue–skinned mammal with webbed feet and hands with a spear in one fist (they actually found a broken-up spear. If I’m not mistaken, the point was made of a stingray barb) and its baby in the other.
They travel in pods, only migrating when dolphins do, and they’re known to have existed since the C. Megaladon, an extinct species of shark, was still alive and killing.
After many struggles, they decided to keep the mermaids hidden. I don’t know why they would keep the mermaids in the shadows.