The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issued an official statement on July 3rd stating that "no evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found." Goodbye, childhood dreams about meeting -- or becoming -- a mermaid. Way to kill magic, NOAA.
Jokes aside, NOAA's pronouncement made us think about all of the fictional mermaids that we've loved reading about and watching brought to life on the big screen. Who didn't harbor a fantasy about playing with all of "Little Mermaid" Ariel's "gadgets and gizmos"? So we rounded up a list of eight mermaids from fiction that we wish could be brought to life. Did we leave any of your favorites off?
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