The water can be very mysterious, and there's a lot about it that no one could explain for a very long time! It's normal for people to make up stories to fill in the blanks in these situations, and these stories are often referred to as "myths".
Just like many other mysterious creatures from folklore and legends, mermaids and mermen are really just myths, or part of a story that has been passed along between people over time.
But because of their appeal as magical, beautiful, graceful creatures, many people have believed in them and continued to tell their stories! Mermaids (also sometimes called "sirens") are usually described as creatures who are half human and half fish, and their tales have been told all over the world for years and years! From the Caribbean to Africa to Greece and more, mermaids have earned quite a following all over the world!
The most important thing to know is that even though they might not be real, you can still believe in their magic!
What are some of your favorite things about mermaids and mermen? Is it the way they can swim so gracefully among beautiful sea creatures? In many stories of mermaids, they are said to have beautiful singing voices perhaps this is part of what you like so much! Why do you think it can be really fun and special to have stories about creatures like mermaids even though they are not real? Being able to use your imagination to create other worlds can be really cool!
In stories about mermaids, these half-human and half-fish beings can live and breathe underwater. But remember that mermaids are not real, and that real humans cannot breathe underwater! Leave the Underwater Living to the mermaids and mermen in your imagination, and always be safe and smart in or near water!