This video aired on Animal Planet a few weeks ago. It shows two tourists filming what they thought was a seal on rocks in Israel, then they zoom in. It gets scary when the creature turns and sees its being filmed. Is that a Mermaid or a misconception of an animal? Do Mermaids really exist? This is the closest thing I have seen to a real one. Watch and tell us what you think…
An alleged mermaid, said to resemble a cross between a fish and a young girl, only appears at sunset. It performs a few tricks for onlookers before disappearing for the night.
One of the first people to see the mermaid, Shlomo Cohen, said, “I was with friends when suddenly we saw a woman laying on the sand in a weird way. At first I thought she was just another sunbather, but when we approached she jumped into the water and disappeared. We were all in shock because we saw she had a tail.”
The sightings apparently began several months ago.
$1 million reward
The town’s tourism board is of course delighted with their newfound fame and local mystery fauna. Taking a cue from the town of Inverness, Scotland (on the shore of Loch Ness), the Kiryat Yam government has offered a $1 million reward for the first person to photograph the creature. Town spokesman Natti Zilberman thinks the reward money is well-spent. “I believe if there really is a mermaid then so many people will come to Kiryat Yam, a lot more money will be made than $1 million.”
Of course, if the mermaid does not exist — perhaps it is a hoax, an optical illusion, or a simple misperception of a known animal — then the town’s reward money will remain safe and unclaimed, while the economy benefits from the influx of tourists vying to get a photo that will leave them set for life.