Has there been any sightings of them or are they myths
There is no evidence to suggest mermaids are real, and I would suggest that mermaids in the sense you are probably thinking of are highly unlikely to exist. If you subscribe to the theory of evolution humans are a higher and more advanced lifeform than sea life, there is no conceivable evolutionary advantage to a creature half human, half fish. Human bodies lungs and skin inparticular, are not designed for a life under water, particularly salt water.
However, the ocean is a big place, much of it unexplored, and the possibility of mermaid like creatures, which may have been seen by sailors at various times is not out of the question although it is unlikely that they would be humanoids or on the same evolutionary scale as humans so that we would be able to communicate on any meaningful level. After being at sea for several months, minus female company, sexually frustrated, tired and at times very drunk, its hardly surprising if the wishful thinking of weary imaginations turned distant dolphins and manatees (who have very human like faces) into beautiful fish tailed women.
Some manatees embracing in a strangely human manner:There are also groups of so called sea nomads and sea gypsies, living around the far flung coasts of Thailand and Indonesia.
Dive master Jeff Leicher, 43, photographed the creature known as the "Kaiwi Point Mermaid" on April 12, 1998, as he Zack Martin Cowboys Jersey and six other divers were exploring the ocean bottom about 20 minutes off Hawaii's sunny Kona coast.
Leicher points to the spot where he photographed the mermaid.
"I'd heard about her before," says Leicher, who operates Jack's Diving Locker. "Most of us who are out in these waters regularly have heard stories. But I'd never seen her until that morning.
"We were on our way out to the point when a school of dolphins started following the boat, playing in our wake. Suddenly one of the men on the port side starts yelling and pointing.
"I couldn't believe what I saw. There, not 10 feet from the bow, was what looked like a nude woman.
"She had long flowing hair and one of the most beautiful faces I've ever seen.
Image of mermaid was captured on film as she swam above divers exploring the ocean bottom on April 12. Photo 1998 Jeff Leicher
"But there's no way a human being could be swimming so fast. She was keeping right up with the dolphins.
"Then she leapt into the air and my heart almost gave out on me. The entire lower half of her was covered with scales and tapered back into a huge fish tail.
"She jumped once more, then disappeared under the surface."
All 10 people on the boat witnessed the bizarre incident. But there was another incredible surprise still ahead.
"About an hour later we arrived at the point and we were diving. I was photographing some colorful fish with my underwater camera.
"Suddenly I felt something brush against my right leg. She shot by me like a streak of lightning, then turned and came back past me, swimming the other way. I just aimed the camera and started snapping pictures.
"I kept shooting as she broke for the surface and swam away."
Weekly World News had Leicher's pictures analyzed by three noted photography labs. All three say the photos are genuine and have not been tampered with.
The photos of the Kaiwi Point mermaid have been studied and authenticated by experts. Photo 1998 Jeff Leicher
"I feel very lucky that I'm the one to finally prove to the world what people here have known for half a century," says Leicher.
"The Kaiwi Point Mermaid is real."
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Argument over parking sparks Tukwila shootout
TUKWILA, Wash. Ryan Carrethers Jersey Police say an argument over parking sparked a Tuesday afternoon shootout in Tukwila. after several people heard gunshots and the sound of someone screaming for help.
"Both subjects fled the altercation. However, immediately after, both subjects did call and cooperate with the police. Both are claiming self defense," said Eric Drever with the Tukwila Police Department.
The injured man was taken to the hospital to be treated. As of Tuesday night, he was in stable condition.
Miguel Osses Ramos lives on the same street and knows both shooters. He said one of the men is known to complain about cars blocking the road.
"With me, my mother, the mailman, my grandfather. He always has an issue with someone based on their parking spot," Osses Ramos said.
Police have since tracked down the second man, and they say he's cooperating with the investigation.
When I see stories like this I have to smile. Whenever someone is shot, robbed or raped, someone always comes here and claims that if the victim had a concealed weapon, a license to carry or a gun, the crime would have never happened. Now you have two people that have guns that shot at each other over stupidity and both are claiming self defense.
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