Sorry everyone, mermaids can’t actually be found under the sea.
The National Ocean Service has declared that the mythical creatures do not exist after Animal Planet aired a seemingly realistic TV show in May about the half-human, half-fish sea creatures.
"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.
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.
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