There is no evidence that mermaids exist, according to the National Ocean Service, who declared that the creatures are myth, following a documentary on the Animal Planet.
“No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found,” the service wrote in an article online.
The service decided to respond last week to inquiries from at least two confused viewers who watched the fictional show titled “Mermaids: The Body Found” and couldn’t tell whether the creatures were real or not, according to the New York Daily News.
The statement, which describes mermaids’ mythological origins, was written based on public knowledge because “mermaid science programs” do not exist, NOS spokesperson Carol Kavanagh told the BBC.
The rather unusual declaration comes on the heels of a similarly bizarre announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
The CDC announced last month that there are no such things as zombies, despite the sudden surge in real-world face-eating attacks.
In recent years, the CDC has jokingly published several “zombie apocalypse” warnings, which advised people to stock up on food and water in case of a freak zombine attack – advise that also applies to natural disasters.
But the agency felt it needed to take a firm stance on the issue in May when Rudy Eugene chewed off the face of a homeless man on the side of a busy causeway in Miami.
Though mermaids may not officially exist, a Florida camp is getting as close as it can get to emulating the mythical creatures.
The Weeki Wachee Springs’ Sirens of the Deep Mermaid Camp teaches women ages 30 and older how to perform underwater ballets while wearing mermaidlike tails.
Campers learn the aquatic moves from “show” mermaids who perform in Weeki Wachee Spring daily. The “show” sirens, according to USA Today, rely on underwater air hose s to breathe.
“When we show, we know what you’re feeling,” camp leader Barbara Wynns tells her students. “We know what we’ve been doing for 65 years, and you leave here knowing you’re a mermaid.”