“When’s it my turn? Wouldn’t I love, love to explore that shore up above? Out of the sea wish I could be part of that world….” do you remember Ariel from ‘The Little Mermaid’? Well, we all know that most of our blue planet is covered by water and thus folklore of mythical creatures of the deep blue sea are meant to come up. But for most of us who engage with such stories, we know that they are just fantasies and not real or are they?
Recently in 2014 on the beaches of Hawaii and Egypt, a hoax story of a rotting body of a mermaid was heard which turned a lot of peoples head in terms of what is real and what is not. Similarly, there have been reports of merfolk legends being real throughout the world. So, let’s look at the 3 instances which got the legends of mermaids close to reality.
2014 mermaid sighting in Hawai and Egypt
Photo of a man with a skeleton of a Mermaid. Can this be real?
According to the legend, the mermaid washed ashore on the Japanese island of Kyushu in 1222 and a shaman declared that its a good luck for the land. Thus the bones of the mermaid were buried in the Ukimido temple, which Japanese people called Ryūgū-jō, which in Japanese folklore translates to the undersea palace of the Dragon God.