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Mermaid

A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures worldwide, including the Near East, Europe, Africa and Asia. The first stories appeared in ancient Assyria, in which the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover. Mermaids are sometimes associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks and drownings. In other folk traditions (or sometimes within the same tradition), they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans.

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This is so cute!! Mans best friend goes under the sea!

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anything is possible! if we haven't discovered the whole ocean then mermaids could exist!

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funny mermaid couple.

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Some of the art displaying these mythical creatures.

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This is amazing! I always thought they were real.

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Comparing the mermaids from Disney's Peter Pan (2003) with the mermaids from Disney's Animated Peter Pan (1953), The mermaids are both more realistic looking and more frightening. In the original, the mermaids tried to drown Wendy out of jealousy for her friendship with Peter. But in the newer version, the mermaids try to eat the children. You rarely see carnivorous mermaids in children's movies.

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