Mermaid Questions Finally Answered

June 12, 2019

Mermaid Questions

Because the official stance on mermaids from the NOAA is that no aquatic evidence has ever been found, it’s hard to come up with mermaid facts. However, one cannot deny that mermaids have had a strong presence throughout history, and in different locations around the world. In this article, we will cover some mermaid questions to finally give you some answers.

Mermaid Questions Finally Answered

Let’s talk about some basics, shall we?

How do mermaids reproduce?

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Let’s start out with a popular one. The age-old question, “How do mermaids have sex?” Well, there are 2 different theories and it depends on if you think mermaids are closer to pelagic fish (swordfish, tuna mackerel family), or dolphins and whales.

If you believe mermaids are a mix between human and the pelagic family, then the theory of spanning is your answer. Spanning is essentially group orgies (sorry mom) where the female releases eggs into the water, and the male swims by and fertilizes them. This is done in groups a few times a year. After the eggs are fertilized, the embryo rises to a safe level in the water where there are less prey and plenty of food to eat once hatched. This implies that there isn’t much attachment to mother and child.

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If you believe mermaids are more like dolphins or whales then it’s fairly similar to a human with some slight anatomy variations. The mermaid is impregnated by a merman, and she carries the baby full term and has a strong bond with the child for its first few years for its survival.

There is also a theory that mermaids just “do it” in human form which spurs some questions. Do mermaids only have sex with human men and not mermen? Or do mermen change as well and they just find a beach somewhere?

What do mermaids eat?


There are many theories surrounding a mermaid diet. The first is that mermaids eat fish like sharks and dolphins do from the ocean. But if mermaids eat fish, then Sebastian and Flounder are really misinformed with who they should be hanging out with. If mermaids are plant-eating mammals, then they fall in line with the manatee theory.  The most accurate answer is that they probably eat a variety of plants, fish and crustaceans in the ocean.  Another possibility is the slightly disturbing idea that mermaids eat sailors who get lost at sea. Good source of protein? What do you think?

How do mermaids die?

This particular question is up for debate. According to Hans Christian Anderson, Mermaids live for 300 years then turn to sea foam when they die. The more realistic answer is mermaids die and like any other mammal or sea creatures, they sink to the bottom and the circle of life takes over.

There are theories that sunlight and dehydration are deadly to mermaids. This explains why they are nocturnal hunters and if they turn to humans, never travel very far from the water.

How many different kinds of mermaids are there?


Mermaids are known throughout the world through every stage of history. There are at least 20 prominent types of mermaids living in the ocean, rivers, lakes, and waterfalls.

Check out this quiz to see what type of mermaid you are!

What is the difference between sirens and mermaids?

Originally, Sirens were actually half-bird rather than half fish as written in The Odyssey. Sirens did sing and were notorious for causing storms, shipwrecks, and death. Somewhere along the way, they got mixed up with mermaids who are actually half fish and half-human.

Today Sirens are portrayed with a tail but often fall into more of an evil role who sing more men to their deaths. Mermaids, on the other hand, are usually seen as beautiful friendly women with long hair who are curious about the human world.

Are mermaids friendly?

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Mermaid Haley

Yes and no. It depends on which type of mermaids you encounter. Sirens are known for their mischievous and dangerous natures, but there are friendly and protective mermaids out there.  The following mermaids are known to kill humans so beware!

  • Siren
  • Merrow
  • Ceasg
  • Morgens
  • Finfolk
  • Encantado
  • Mami Wata
  • Iara

The more friendly types of mermaids you want as your friends are any sort of water nymphs like the Nereides, Naiades, or Oceanid. You can also run into Sirena Chilota or an Aicaya without any problems. As tempting as it is, you probably want to keep your distance.  Most people throughout history considered mermaids bad omens.

Read more about each of these mermaids here! 

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Mermaid Alesha

When was the most recent mermaid sighting documented?

In 2009, dozens of people at the Haifa Bay in Israel saw a mermaid doing ariel tricks. In 2012 Zimbabwe, some construction workers claimed a mermaid was ruining their efforts to build the dam and refused to work on it.

When were the first illustrations of mermaids in history?

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The first stories of mermaids appear in 1000 BC starting with the Goddess Atagartis. She was transformed into a mermaid after her lover died from her divine lovemaking. She was so beautiful, the Gods made her into a mermaid and she is worshiped in some parts of Siria to this day.

Cave of Swimmers

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The cave of swimmers is located in Egypt and has caves full of people swimming. In the Mockumentary from Animal Planet “Mermaids: The Body Found” show a cave full of ancient depictions of mermaids. Unfortunately, this is fake.  There are illustrations of humans swimming, but nothing of mermaids. Sad, I know.

What’s going on with the Starbucks logo?

Did you know that the Starbucks logo is a mermaid? Look close and you can see she is holding up two tails which are actually her own legs/fins. “What? Mermaids don’t have two tails?” you say? Well, in some parts of history they did. 16th-century Nordic sirens were depicted with two tails.

The name “Starbucks” comes from the classic novel Moby Dick. Captain Ahab’s first mate was called Starbuck. The Seattle owners almost named the company after the ship called “Pequods” but then realized saying “Have a cup of Pequords” sounded really funny.  So after the name came the logo. Why a mermaid? The founders lived in Seattle and had strong ties to the sea life. They also liked the correlation how coffee travels over the sea to get to customers and mermaids are travelers of the sea.

There have been different variations of the logo. The first was the bare-breasted Nordic wood illustration, the second seemed a little provocative showing the whole body with legs extended. Now she is covered with her hair and her pelvic region is cropped out.

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Did people really mistake Manatees for Mermaids?

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Were all those lonely sailors really mentally primed to see a beautiful mermaid offshore? Can anyone be that desperate? Maybe. Because the sea was so unexplored and mysterious, there is a good chance the manatees were mistaken as mermaids. There are similar characteristics but did a skilled sailor like Christopher Columbus really mistake them? Tell me what you think?

Why didn’t Ariel Just Write Prince Eric A Note?


A question that has come up in recent years is, why didn’t Ariel in the Little Mermaid Disney movie, just write a note to Prince Eric and tell him that her voice was taken by the sea witch and she needs a little kiss for it to come back. Obviously, the merpeople can read and write under the sea after Ursula makes her sign the contract. Hopefully, this didn’t ruin yours, or your little girl’s world. Now for a more adult question, how does king Triton get so ripped? I mean, what kind of work out regimen does he have under the sea?

So…Are mermaids real? Or are they just in fairy tales?

This will have to be a personal question for yourself. There are many mermaid sightings throughout history, and others say they only exist in the mind. The NOAA says:

The belief in mermaids may have arisen at the very dawn of our species. Magical female figures first appear in cave paintings in the late Paleolithic (Stone Age) period some 30,000 years ago, when modern humans  gained dominion over the land and, presumably, began to sail the seas. Half-human creatures, called chimeras, also abound in mythology — in addition to mermaids, there were wise centaurs, wild satyrs, and frightful minotaurs, to name but a few.

But are mermaids real? No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found. Why, then, do they occupy the collective unconscious of nearly all seafaring peoples? That’s a question best left to historians, philosophers, and anthropologists.

tell me what you think!

Did we miss any mermaid Questions?

Please comment below any mermaid questions I might have left out that are still burning in your heart!

If you liked this article, you may also enjoy my Mermaid quiz, or find out all the different kind of mermaids there are in the world!


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Molly the owner of Everything Mermaid wrote this post. When she isn't writing about being a mermaid, she is usually traveling the country in an RV trade and writing about it. Her specialties include Mermaid tails, blankets, pillows, and leggings . Sign up for her Mermaid monthly newsletter and hear about discounts and product reviews.

    1. I made the statement to a friend that technically we are all half centaur to which he replied that technically we are also all half mermaid. “We” in this case is of course humans. I replied to him that only half of us are half mermaid. However as soon as I said it I began to feel insecure because I may not be up to speed with contemporary mermaid gender issues and appellations. I have come to you for guidance. Is the term mermaid specifically for female mermaids or is it a general term for all people of the mer? Is the term merpeople acceptable? Are there mertrans? Looking forward to your guidance and advice.

    1. I really enjoyed reading this article about mermaids,merpeople,mertrans and all of the see lifethey occure. IT’S really interesting I forgot to say,So much I hadn’t knew about mermaids now I know and MY HEART killing questions are fully answered.

      Thank You Very Much

    1. I really enjoyed your insight on mermaids, they are very interesting and always have been to me.I wish I could be a mermaid and swim at the bottom of the ocean that would be so exciting.I would like to hear more of your mermaid tells and adventure’s.

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