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Mermaids? NOAA Says No

Julianne Moore and Michael Phelps posed for Disney for this 2008 promotional photo Julianne Moore and Michael Phelps posed for Disney for this 2008 promotional photo AP Photo/Disneyland, Annie Leibovitz
Mermaids are not real, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has declared on its website.

Although NOAA typically works on tracking weather patterns and monitoring fisheries management, the agency felt the need to set the record straight, stating, “No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.”

The clarification came after a recent Animal Planet special, entitled "Mermaids: The Body Found" aired, offering up evidence of cave paintings and mysterious ocean sounds as proof of the existence of the mythological creatures. Viewers of the special contacted the agency with requests to finally reveal the truth about mermaids. Perhaps the Interior Department will be inspired to set the record straight about Bigfoot.

Caitlin Fairchild joined Government Executive in summer 2011 as an editorial fellow, after graduating from the College of William & Mary, where she spent four years writing for the student newspaper, The Flat Hat. In March 2012, she was hired full time as a web producer. She has completed internships at Washingtonian Magazine and at the public affairs office of Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas.

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