Mermaids are real

Unfortunately, mermaids like Ariel aren’t real.
But I still hold out hope for talking crabs with Jamaican accents.  

Mermaids are real.


You heard me right.

Now, before you call me a kook, give me a second to explain myself.

Mermaids that look like hot chicks with fish tails don’t exist.

I can say this with confidence.

Yes. I know about the Animal Planet mockumentary that fooled so many earlier this year. The film made the claim that the US government had discovered a mermaid body, and it posited that mermaids were a type of hominid or humanoid that evolved to live in the sea and have a close relationship with dolphins. It rehashed the much ballyhooed “aquatic ape hypothesis,” which is generally not well accepted by any anthropologists, paleontologists, or other experts in human evolution.

It was so well made that people actually believed that the US government had discovered mermaids– and (of course) was involved in some sort of cover-up.

Apparently, enough people had annoyed NOAA officials about the mermaid body that the agency was forced to issue an official statement in which it was clearly asserted that “[n]o evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found.” NOAA initially denied that the statement had nothing to do with the mockumentary, which came out in late May.

But when Animal Planet re-aired the film this weekend, NOAA instantly put out the same official statement.

So yes, a major agency of the US government was being influenced by a fantasy film.

Or rather, there are enough people who believed this mockumentary to elicit a response from the federal government.

So mermaids of the Hans Christian Andersen and Disney type don’t exist.

And the Animal Planet “aquatic ape” derivatives don’t either.

But mermaids do exist.

There have been many accounts of mermaids throughout history. Almost all of the claims for their existence come from either West Africa, the Indian Ocean, or the South Pacific– as well as the Caribbean, the Amazon Basin, and the Atlantic Coast of North America from North Carolina to Brazil.

Perhaps the first credible account of a mermaid comes from 1717. Two Dutch colonial officials wrote about the natural history of what is now Indonesia, and in the text, they mention a creature called the “See-wyf.”  The authors describe a capture of one of these creatures and how it survived in a vat of water for over four days:

See-wyf. A monster resembling a Siren, caught near the island of Borne, or Boeren, [Borneo]in the Department of Amboine [Ambon Island]. It was 59 inches long, and in proportion as an eel. It lived on land, in a vat full of water, during four days, seven hours. From time to time it uttered little cries like those of a mouse. It would not eat, though it was offered small fish, shells, crabs, lobsters, &c. After its death, some excrement was discovered in the vat, like the secretion of a cat.  The copy from which I have taken the representation for this work is thus coloured: hair, the hue of kelp; body, olive tint; webbed olive between the fingers, which have each four joints; the fringe round the waist orange, with a blue border; the fins green, face slate-grey; a delicate row of pink hairs runs the length of the tail [Source].

Much of this description seems to be pointing an animal very different from our conventional concept of a mermaid.

It’s not a beautiful animal that even remotely resembles a beautiful woman.

The mention of the animal being similar to a “siren” is some indication of its identity.

Sirens were the beautiful women whose song beguiled ships to their doom in Greek mythology, but the term is also used to refer to dugongs.

The text of this book was written in Dutch but then was published in French, so it is very likely that the French translators were unaware that siren could refer to this sort of animal. And the publishers had a creature like a mermaid depicted in the book, which makes things more confusing.

Nowhere in the text is there any mention of the creature looking like a woman with a fish’s tail.

This animal sounds like a baby dugong.

Referring to dugongs and manatees as sirens is an old tradition.

Westerners first encountered dugongs when they began exploring the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

One of the weird features of a female dugong is that her genitalia resembles that of woman, and if you’re a randy sailor who has been sailing for month and months away from female company, this feature is going to be the one that gets the most attention. Men don’t often think with their brains.

And why these animals got called sirens or mermaids.

Dugongs are the real mermaids.

The see-wyf in the vat was very likely a baby dugong. Baby dugongs do make whistling cries  when they are away from their mothers.

As a baby of that age, it would have only wanted to drink its mother’s milk, and it wouldn’t want to eat seafood at any age.

So it was not a good situation at all.

We’ve known about the identity of mermaids for a very long time.

They are quite real.

In the Indian and Pacific Oceans, as well as the Red Sea, the mermaids are dugongs.

In West Africa and the Americas, the mermaids are manatees.

They may not be as fanciful as “The Little Mermaid,” but these animals are pretty interesting in their own right.






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Clover Mites

Check out these Mites images:

Clover Mites

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They come in the spring (Tucson) & love Zinfindel. They’re NOT Allepo Pine Mites, which cause these lovely trees to die — all this time I thought they died because ppl didn’t water ‘em.

That’s a sewing needle.

Red Spider Mite Infestation

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Red Spider Mite Infestation

Bee (with mites) on blossom

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A bee with mites on some on blossom on a tree in our garden

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Question: My question is about diabetic older cats (14 Years old) . Protein and the kidneys. My cat Jigger is on insulin (2 units AM/ 3 units PM) he is fabulous. He was diagnosed in 2007, lost his extra weight and is doing great, however, the prescription diet foods he does not like and neither do the other two.

I am researching better foods and they love Halo, however my vet is concerned about the amount of protein and the older cat kidneys ( no kidney problems yet). I want better healthy food for them just like I am eating. And I read some not so good things about the prescript. diets, ie.; contents of the food and where it comes from. Can you offer your expertise? Thanks.

Answer: Thanks for your question. Experts in the field of feline diabetes are indeed recommending a high-protein/low-carbohydrate approach to the treatment of this disease. With this dietary approach, it is possible to get many cats (not all) to revert to a non-insulin requiring state (called diabetic remission). However, not all older cats can be managed this way due to concurrent issues with kidney failure or other conditions that may preclude them from eating this type of diet.

Hope this information helps.
Dr. Donna Spector

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The Week Ahead

Between BlogPaws, my trip to Alabama last week, and general summer activities, it has been SUCH a busy past few weeks…so we’re really hoping to play catch up this week! On Tuesday…

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Nice Topical photos

A few nice Topical images I found:

Day 337/365

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Trying out a topical application of some herbs. I just put some KPC granules in some thick body lotion.
It didn’t work. Came off super easy and didn’t seem to absorb inside. Will go get that stuff Gorgol told me about and see how that works.

PS had a bunch of pics I took that I can’t seem to find so there’s serious gap in the 365 flow. Just fyi.

T Is For Topical

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Stamps relating to a single topic or theme, such as birds, space, or peace. This popular style of collecting allows people to express their individual

interests and tastes.

It is surprisingly difficult to think of a topic that has not been shown on a stamp somewhere — lightning, murder, and paperclips are among the unlikely subjects people have sought, and found, on stamps.…


Image by IAEA Imagebank
Topical Meeting on Sensitizing Member States on the Integrated Nuclear Security Support Plans. IAEA Vienna, Austria, 6-8 June 2012

From Left to right: Mr. Karol Skornik, Mr. Fei Liu (Scientific Secretary), Mr. Khammar Mrabit and Mr. John G. Hilliard.

Copyright: IAEA Imagebank
Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

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Today Lennox lost his life – for being a "pit…

Today Lennox lost his life – for being a "pit bull". How do we stop the killing?

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Dream Dog Park Unveiled in Alabaster, Alabama

This week I flew to Alabaster, Alabama, just outside of Birmingham, to the grand opening of the Dream Dog Park. The $ 500,000 park was created after local resident Jenny Wilson was named Grand Prize…

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A Small Indulgence of Mexican Hot Chocolate

My husband and I, have a love for the culinary arts, though I have to admit that he is more of the chef in the family than I am. One of the things, he introduced me to, is Mexican Hot Chocolate, which, if you haven’t tried yet, is a richer, and tastier alternative to plain

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Pet Tips – Flea Prevention

Visit our Website This Pet Tips video from the Manchester West Veterinary Hospital discusses flea prevention in animals. Call us at 636-458-9010 for additional information.

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Benadryl or Other Antihistamines May Help a Sneezing Dog.

There are several things that could make your dog sneeze. My clients are often surprised to hear that their pet has allergies to pollens and molds. In humans it is called hay fever and in animals it is called atopy. Atopy can cause itchy skin, itchy ears, runny eyes and sneezing. One of the classic symptoms is licking and chewing the bottom of the paw.

Wet, warm, weather encourages plants to grow, reproduce, and release their pollen to the wind. Contact with or inhaling those protein coated genetic packages inflames the victims of hay fever, both animal and human. Stuffy noses and sinus problems plague the two legged patient and both the biped and quadrupeds share the symptoms of runny eyes and sneezing. Pollens, molds, and grasses may make both dogs and cats very itchy and their ears can get very red and inflamed. Some pet may sneeze and “reverse sneeze” during the hay fever season.

Antihistamines can be helpful for itchy pets. Benadryl or diphenhydramine, Claritin or loratidine, Allertec or cetirizine, and Allegra or fexofenadine  can be used to treat itchy dogs and cats, red ears, itchy feet, hives, and bee stings. The dosage for these drugs are to the right of this blog in the free download, 11 Practical home Remedies. The dosage for allegra is 30 mg for a small dog or cat twice daily, 6omg for a medium dog, and 90-180 mg for a large dog. Dogs are very tolerant to antihistamines and they are very safe.

Different antihistamines may work better for some pets than other just as in humans. So if one does not seem to work, try another!

The little terrier in this  video started violently sneezing with a bit of blood. Here in the California foothills, foxtails are a very common cause of this type of sneezing. Other causes of sneezing are allergies, infections, growths or tumors, dental abscesses that enter the nasal cavity, and other small foreign objects like grass.  Violent sneezing may dislodge the plant seed or blade of grass and shoot it outward or suck it inward where it can be swallowed and digested.



Many dogs with atopy or hay fever will “reverse sneeze”


Some dogs are sentenced to an endless cycle of medications for common medical problems. Veterinarians were trained to diagnose and treat with drugs. We were not trained to consider how commercial diets may cause and add to medical problems. Many dogs with really itchy dry skin, red ears, seizures, or other medical problems, improve with a better diet.  Decreasing suffering and saving money is worth the consideration!

 Dog Dish Diet talks about better choices in commercial food, feeding human food treats and meals,  or home cooking for your pet. Thousands of pets have benefited from the practical, economical ideas!



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