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Mermaid sighting in Kiryat Yam seen on Animal Planet.
Real Mermaid Caught on Camera in Kiryat Yam, Israel.
Locals and tourists in the Israeli town of Kiryat Yam have been flocking to the coast in hopes of glimpsing a creature that most people believe only exist in fairy tales.
An alleged mermaid, said to resemble a cross between a fish and a young girl, only appears at sunset. It performs a few tricks for onlookers before disappearing for the night.
One of the first people to see the mermaid, Shlomo Cohen, said, "I was with friends when suddenly we saw a woman laying on the sand in a weird way. At first I thought she was just another sunbather, but when we approached she jumped into the water and disappeared. We were all in shock because we saw she had a tail."
The sightings apparently began several months ago.
$1 million reward
The town's tourism board is of course delighted with their newfound fame and local mystery fauna. Taking a cue from the town of Inverness, Scotland (on the shore of Loch Ness), the Kiryat Yam government has offered a $1 million reward for the first person to photograph the creature. Town spokesman Natti Zilberman thinks the reward money is well-spent. "I believe if there really is a mermaid then so many people will come to Kiryat Yam, a lot more money will be made than $1 million."
Of course, if the mermaid does not exist -- perhaps it is a hoax, an optical illusion, or a simple misperception of a known animal -- then the town's reward money will remain safe and unclaimed, while the economy benefits from the influx of tourists vying to get a photo that will leave them set for life.
It's not clear what people are seeing, though the power of suggestion and imagination can be strong. Identifying animals in water is inherently problematic, since eyewitnesses by definition are only seeing a small part of the creature. When you add in the factor of low light at sunset and the distances involved, positively identifying even a known creature can be very difficult -- to say nothing of a mythological one!
Mermaids have long held fascination for seafaring peoples. There are a few dozen significant historical claims of actual mermaid sightings. Most of them are clearly myths and legends, such as "true" stories about lovely young women who married sailors but were later discovered to be shape-shifting mermaids (such as in the film "Splash").
Other reports date back centuries, and offer no proof or evidence other than a curious story. For example, a Capt. Richard Whitbourne claimed he saw a mermaid in Newfoundland's St. James harbor in 1610. Another story, from 1830 Scotland, claimed that a young boy killed a mermaid by throwing rocks at it; the creature looked like a child of about 3 or 4, but had a salmon's tail instead of legs. The villagers supposedly had it a funeral and buried it in a small coffin.
P.T. Barnum's mermaid
Hoaxers have worked to satisfy the public's appetite for mermaids; the fact that none have ever actually been found is only a minor inconvenience.
The great showman P.T. Barnum introduced a mermaid to astounded crowd in the 1840s: his infamous "FeeJee Mermaid", actually a taxidermy fake. The head and torso of a small monkey was grafted onto the body and tail of a fish. It was bizarre and strange - --certainly nothing anyone had seen before — but a far cry from the banners and posters suggesting a beautiful, half-naked woman.
Other mermaid fakes appeared throughout the centuries. Some were manatees that had been dressed up to resemble a human form and exhibited for profit.
Whether the Israeli mermaid sighting is genuine, a hoax, or an innocent mistake exploited for tourism, the reality of finding a real mermaid might be different than people imagine, as shown by a song from the Newfoundland band Great Big Sea, which sings folk-rock versions of traditional sea shanties. One of their most popular songs, titled "The Mermaid," tells of a lonely sailor who courts a mermaid:
"I love the girl with all me heart / But I only like the upper part / I do not like the tail!"
Those who are saying this video is fake... Dont you guys see the height at which these guys were recording the video ? There is no way any human can reach where the mermaid was seen... Look at the force of the waves ...
Yajirke Melding In my own opinion , it is so difficult to edit this video and I think if they wanted to make a fake mermaid , they wouldn't go to such high place and ask someone to pretend to be a mermaid and sit on that rock as it is a cliff and it is so dangerous to be there I think . *Sorry for poor English
show that I was watching this girl said her husband died because if a girl that had long hair and had purple skin and ad a fish tail and she comes up of the water and grabs you and drounds you do you believe her
Okay mermaids may exist who knows, but cmon this one is fake lmao stop trying hard to believe until real evidence is found. We have the technology to fake these things for publicity and views just like FX Guru app for iPhone...
Who tinks this is real? I tink this is real. If its fake...how can a human look that long. A human wud be crazy to do that. Which human gets scared of another human? They r scared of human...humans r not scared of each other. Do u get it?
It's fake, the acting, the voice, the quality. And if you were recording a mermaid, you won't keep panning the camera to your friend, you would keep at it towards the mermaid and it looks nothing like a mermaid.
Mermaids are real to but not mentioned in the bible but then again so weren't the dinosaurs the earth is still a mystery and god works in mysterious ways let's just say god didn't tell us everything in the universe just what we needed to know :)
Wasn't this on Animal Planet?? Yeh..don't think they would show it if it weren't real. Is america really that dumbbed down? The government has been hiding things from us since Abraham Lincoln..but they tell us..uhh? "The Little Mermaid"?? +When's the last time you saw a seal crawl on it's " elbows" to get somewhere..with a large tail??
i agree with +miss diaz we don't even know if we have found all of the species for whales...WHALES! if we don't even know all of the species for the biggest marine animal then how do we know weather or not mermaids exist? Exactly don't push the possibility away!
8% ocean has been discovered the rest has yet to be ... we don't know what in the ocean. No one can go that far deep into it. .. I 100% believe in mermaids. Or ancestors use to draw mermaids on caves there poof out there the government has band all poof and denial it all ... fishy.. not only that what kid of human moves like that..?? I can say the same about ufos and ya believe in them? But I don't think they look like Ariel...
This is fake. Just to be more positive.. screenshot it and put it in my editing program. there is a gap between the body and the end of the tail due to failed editing. if this was real you would know it for sure. nice try.
if I saw a mermaid and caught on a camera or whatever well I'd show it to my friends and family also from what I'm seeing on this video it seems that the mermaid or whatever it was heard those boys talking, noticed them on a cliff and swam away, also the tail the creature had was too long to be a sea lion
if you want to know the real truth behind this, search: Mermaid, The Body Found. this is scripted and that mermaid you see there is nothing more than CGI: the guys recording are actors but the mermaid is computer generated imagery.
Watch the setup, listen to the script, and clocked in exactly.59 seconds. I know people WANT to believe but there has to be something better than this hack set up. Nothing to see here, move along people.
YOU ARE NOT ALLOWED TO SWIM IN THE AREA THAT THOSE GUYS ARE IN!!!!! They're at Rosh Hanikrah in Israel. I've been there myself, and by law you cannot swim there. That is definitely not someone acting, it's just those guys are ridiculous the way they sound. Not to mention, this is definitely not photo edited. Shit is just bonkers tho I think it's awesome lol
You can see at the end of the "mermaids" dive, that it is "super-imposed" the splash-line(s) don't match up/there are no splash-lines form the "creature" diving into the water... It simply disappears... It's not real! (Although, I was really hoping it was...) So guys, but anyone who knows anything about "film" of photography would agree with me... It FAKE and something these guys produced on the computer, or in an effects lab...
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