The media failed to report that the mermaid page is actually a history lesson on the myth of the mermaid and was placed in the “Ocean Facts” section of the NOS website, part of NOS’s educational content. It was not a press release or an official government announcement. It sits alongside such other pages as “Can penguins fly?” and “What makes the right whale ‘right’?” The postings are made intermittently, apparently in response to questions NOS receives.
But could it be that this web page is part of an elaborate government cover-up more than three thousand years in the making?
This conspiracy is exceptionally long-lived. It began in ancient times when the conspiracy destroyed all of the records of Babylon to try to suppress the Babylonians’ records of the amphibious humanoids, leaving us only a small mention in Eusebius’ discussion of earlier Greek historians’ discussions of the Babylonian priest Berossus’ summary of those Babylonian records:
At Babylon there was (in these times) a great resort of people of various nations, who inhabited Chaldæa, and lived in a lawless manner like the beasts of the field. In the first year there appeared, from that part of the Erythræan sea which borders upon Babylonia, an animal destitute of reason, by name Oannes, whose whole body (according to the account of Apollodorus) was that of a fish; that under the fish's head he had another head, with feet also below, similar to those of a man, subjoined to the fish's tail. His voice too, and language, was articulate and human; and a representation of him is preserved even to this day.
Or it would be if you reason like Robert Temple and ancient astronaut theorists.
But just as Berossus’ description of a conjoined man-fish doesn’t match Temple’s own suggestion of amphibious frog people, NOS’s mermaid page is just another educational page on a government website. Don’t believe me? NOAA also has pages for images of the hybrid man-fish. Oops… I wasn’t supposed to tell you that!