You know what the world needs more of? Random mythical creature sightings. I only say this because when I was a boy, it seemed that at least once a year there was some reported sighting of the Loch Ness monster, Bigfoot or some variant of a UFO. Somewhere around adolescence, however, such stories seemed to dry up. Either I wasn't paying close enough attention (likely) or the world's supernatural took a break.

Well, I'm excited to announce that at least one of the above is making a comeback: Mermaids! This is fantastic because a.) Daryl Hannah was a hot mermaid in Splash (giving hope to single, desperate men everywhere that the ocean may hold promise.) and b.) Ariel was a cute mermaid in Disney's The Little Mermaid, which essentially confirms my first point.

The mermaid in question for this story comes to us from the Israeli town of Kiryat Yam, near Haifa. Apparently, numerous eyewitnesses have reported a sea creature that looks like a cross between a little girl and a dolphin frolicking in the surf, generally around sunset. From the article,

"People are telling us they are sure they have seen the mermaid and they are all independent of each other," said Natti Zilberman, a local council spokesman. The creature, according to the fast-growing local legend, performs a series of acrobatic tricks before disappearing beneath the Mediterranean waves.
As expected, such stories have given a boost to the town's tourist trade — with local officials now offering a cash prize of $1 million to the first person to take a photograph of the alleged mermaid. Granted, if someone does really manage to catch the dolphin-woman on camera, you can expect Kiryat Yam to gain some of the same tourism dollars as the fabled Loch Ness did. As one councilman put it, if such a thing really exists, it will bring in a lot more than $1 million.

Hopefully, it will also sing.

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Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

Possible mermaid spotted off Israel
Half-girl/half-dolphin creature appears only at sunset ... and will probably sing, dance and destroy mankind.