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?
LOOK: 8 Mermaids We Wish Were Real
Merilla, Queen Of The Sea In "Queen Of The Sea" (1918)
Annette Kellerman played a <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0009527/" target="_hplink">mermaid in this 1918 film</a>. The actress also happened to be a world-class swimmer and vaudeville star, who was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing suit rather than pantaloons. As a mermaid, she looks pretty amazing -- probably because she's about as close to a real mermaid as you can get.
The Mermaid From "Mr. Peabody And The Mermaid" (1948)
Mr. Peabody's mermaid is more of a male fantasy-version of a mermaid, but Ann Blyth is pretty enchanting in the role. She singlehandedly gets bumbling Mr. Peabody out of his mid-life slump.
The Mermaids In Disney's "Peter Pan" (1953)
These mermaids should be real just so that we can go and hang out with them in their lagoon. The idea of lounging on rocks underneath waterfalls all day sounds pretty great.
Madison From "Splash" (1984)
Madison is awesome. She can rock both legs and fins and gets to romance a young Tom Hanks. Plus at the end of the movie (SPOILER ALERT), he follows her back to her mermaid kingdom. Maybe mermaids really can have it all...
Ariel From "The Little Mermaid" (1989)
Did every child born in the '80s go through a "Little Mermaid" phase, or was it just us? She's got red hair, her best friend is an adorable fish, and she has a collection of fun gadgets stored in an underwater cave! If she was real, everyone would want to be her best friend. The only caveat is that she would have to have her voice -- silent Ariel wouldn't be the same.
The Merpeople From "Harry Potter" (2005)
The mermaids from "Harry Potter" are more menacing than our other favorite sea-dwellers, but given their trident-wielding skills, having them on your side could be an asset -- should you ever find yourself engaged in under-the-sea warfare.
Aquamarine From "Aquamarine" (2006)
In this cheesy teen movie about female friendship, two best friends meet Aquamarine, a mermaid who's father is forcing her to marry. So naturally, the girls band together to help Aquamarine, and along the way form an unbreakable bond with her. Awww... But seriously -- having a mermaid best friend would be pretty awesome. She even has a "shell phone."