According to the US government National Ocean Service, (NOAA) science has found no evidence that mermaids exist. Why did they feel the need to address the topic of mermaids?
Apparently at least two people had written to the agency asking about the creatures after watching a May 2012 broadcast of Mermaids: The Body Found, on the Discovery Channel's Animal Planet network, a work of fiction but its wink-and-nod format apparently led some viewers to believe it was a science education show, according to the BBC . (Sorry folks, it's just a costume)
I'm assuming these were two adults that made the inquiry, not children. However it is no wonder kids are screwed up when the Discovery Channel presents myth as fact and kids grow up with annimated movies and video games that look better than real life.
Although we don't hear much about mermen, I'm assuming they are a myth too, or do we need the National Ocean Service to make a pronouncement about that too? Perhaps do a study?
Here is a screen grab from the NOAA site: