Half-human, half-fish aquatic creatures, mermaids are legendary creatures that have appeared in maritime cultures since time immemorial. The Greek poet Homer wrote about them in his work The Odyssey. In the ancient East, mermaids were the wives of powerful sea dragons and served as messengers between their spouses and emperors on land. The natives of Australia call the mermaids Yawkyawk, which is due to their mesmerizing songs that attract the attention of sailors. This article deals with the “video of a real mermaid” from the words of the Kenyans.
And the truth is that the belief in mermaids may have originated at the dawn of our species. Magical female figures first appear in rock art at the end of the Paleolithic (Stone Age) about 30,000 years ago. When modern humans dominated the land and presumably began to sail the seas. Demi-human beings called chimeras also abound in mythology; besides mermaids, there were centaurs, satyrs and minotaurs, just to name a few. But are mermaids real? So far, no evidence has been found for the existence of aquatic humanoids.
Proof of the existence of mermaids
In April 2022, a new “mermaid sighting” circulated on the Internet. When users shared on social media a video purporting to show one of these mythical creatures on a beach in Kenya. The first version of this video appeared on TikTok on April 6, along with the description that a “real mermaid” was captured in Muizenberg, South Africa. And the most amazing thing is that the video has gained more than 8 million copies.
As you can see, the images show a young mermaid; although she is referred to as a mermaid, her gender cannot be determined in the video. The “creature” is surrounded by people pushing it to move, while her / his eyes do not open, his hands and fins flap, as if he was alive. This happens throughout the two-minute video, which ends without further explanation.
Witnesses don’t seem to be afraid, so some believe it could be a prank. Or they just don’t know the stories about killer mermaids in South Africa, Zimbabwe and surrounding areas. Due to the hype caused by a web portal dedicated to combating false news, Snopes contacted the South African Police Service in Muizenberg. For more information about the video, and even if the creature was killed by a large fish.
“Note that Muizenberg SAPS has no reports of a mermaid being washed ashore. And there are no reports of anyone being bitten by fish,” a police spokesman said.
Video of a real mermaid: true or fake?
So far, Snopes has not been able to determine if the video is fake or not. All he offers is a vague skeptical explanation. Assuming the images are a digitally altered composition of a dying real fish. And digitally added elements of a child or perhaps a doll. They are based on the fact that the sand loses texture as the hands of the “mermaid” move along the shore. At some point, it seems that the fingers even disappear, which for the Snopes experts is clear evidence. That the “mermaid body” was digitally inserted. But the reality is that Snopes was only able to identify the video as “Mistake in Title”.
No matter what you think of the video, the truth is that mermaids have become popular. Last March, scientists began testing the 300-year-old “mermaid mummy” to determine its origin. The mysterious creature belonged to a Japanese fisherman. The mermaid currently under investigation was allegedly captured in the Pacific off the Japanese island of Shikoku between 1736 and 1741. And now it is kept in a temple in the city of Asakuchi. Examination of the creature led researchers to conclude that it was a relic from the Edo period (1603-1868). It was common for youkai (spirits and entities) and terrifying creatures to be put on public display for entertainment in traveling shows.