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Mermaids? NOAA Says No

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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 is Nextgov's Web Producer. In her role, she writes about privacy, personal security and emerging tech, but also coordinates Nextgov's social media strategy. She has worked at Government Executive Media Group since 2011. Caitlin has previously written for Living Social, Washingtonian and Nellis Air Force Base. She is an alumna of The College of William & Mary.

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