Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Mermaids- Are they for real?



Mermaids are one of the creatures that have been immortalized in people's minds and have fascinated the young and adults alike. Even in popular culture, mermaids are depicted regularly in literature and film, likely due to the influence of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, The Little Mermaid. The mermaid is a character that is half human and half fish. But are these creatures for real?

How the first stories of mermaids originated? Aphrodite and Venus were Goddesses that were associated with the sea. Aphrodite was born in the sea and her name means foam born. Typhon was another sea related God and he attacked Olympus. This scared the other Gods and Goddesses, so they fled to Egypt. In order to hide from this angry God, the frightened Gods and Goddesses changed form and these forms were animals. The Goddess Aphrodite turned into a fish. 

The first mermaid was actually a man. He was the god Oannes from Babylon. He is often shown as a man with a fish's tail. According to written descriptions he had the head and body of a fish but under the fish head is a human head and under the tail are human feet.

There has been quite a few recorded mermaid sightings. In 1493 a fishing vessel documented that they had seen a mermaid. It was not beautiful but it did have a half human half fish body. It was said that this mermaid had long black hair and extremely white skin. At first they thought they she was actually human, until she swam away showing her long fish like tail. 

In St. Augustine at the Ripleys believe it or not museum, they had a mummy like figure that was half human and half fish on display. It was also not considered beautiful but rather scary. It had witch like hair and pointy claw like fingers and fingernails. One of the most chilling features of this creature was its fangs that protruded from the lip area. 




Well, evidences are shown by people claiming that these picture are real, but nothing can be more exciting than seeing a living mermaid with your naked eyes!

Living “Mermaids”

Shiloh Pepin


Shiloh Pepin, was born with a rare condition called sirenomelia, or Mermaid Syndrome. The condition is: two legs that are stuck together to make one whole leg.  Shiloh says. "It's the way I was made when I was born." Sirenomelia affects one in 70,000 pregnancies, and babies born with the condition almost never survive. When Shiloh was born, the doctors told her parents she wouldn't live for more than 72 hours. Ten years later, Shiloh was one of only six people in the world living with Mermaid Syndrome. Of the six people in the world living with Mermaid Syndrome, four have had their legs separated. However, in 2009 she died after a week-long hopsitalization. Shiloh’s life, albeit short, seems to have left a lasting impression on fans and friends.
  

1ST Baby mermaid born in China


With round-the-clock care from doctors and nurses, a baby born with a rare congenital defect known as sirenomelia, or "mermaid syndrome", is still alive 2 weeks after being found abandoned outside a children's hospital in central China's Hunan Province.

Tiffany York


On May 7 1988, Tiffany York was born with her legs fused so that they resembled the mermaids of folk lore. Tiffany was also born with a heart defect and ailing kidneys. The one thing she had was healthy lungs. Within 25 days after her birth the surgeries began and even though the doctors had never heard of such a case of Sirenomelia surviving for long, they performed the surgeries to give her a chance.

Tiffany has survived longer than any other child with this syndrome. She walks with the aid of crutches yet she doesn’t let it slow her down. She is only one of two that have successfully had surgery to separate her limbs. 23-year-old Tiffany has undergone more than 30 operations, and though her legs are now separate, knee ailments have left her in a wheelchair.

Milagros Cerron


Born in 2004, dubbed "The Little Mermaid," she made headlines when doctors surgically separated her legs, and the San Francisco Gate reports that Milagros took her first unaided steps in 2007 at the age of 3.




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