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

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Mermaids? NOAA Says No

The agency decided to set the record straight on the mythological creature.

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.

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