Israel: Milk, Honey and…Mermaids!

It looks like there’s yet another reason to visit Israel! Apart from the amazing things to see and do in Israel, and the sand, sea and lots (and lots!) of sun, it appears there is an aquatic legend to take a peek at too.

OK, Darryl Hannah she might not be, but some people are convinced that there is a nautical nymphet swimming off Israel’s northern coast. Apparently a number of mermaid sightings have been reported to the local municipality of Kiryat Yam, a Haifa suburb, over the last few months. News of these sightings has brought many people to the area, many with camera in hand hoping to catch the picture of a lifetime.

In fact, if someone does capture a picture of the mermaid, the Kiryat Yam municipality is ready to stump up $1m. Yes, $1m! They’re not expecting a mermaid to be captured (why the heck not?), but are prepared to make do with a verifiable photograph in order for you to make your fortune. Their reasoning is that if there really is a mermaid, $1m will look like peanuts in comparison to the big bucks tourism will bring to the area.

Municipality spokesman Natti Zilberman has denied this is all a publicity stunt to pull in the tourists and had this to say:

Many people are telling us they are sure they’ve seen a mermaid and they are all independent of each other. People say it is half girl, half fish, jumping like a dolphin. It does all kinds of tricks, then disappears.

While I’d really like to believe that a mermaid, or a school of mermaids, is lurking off the coast of Israel, this one does smell a bit fishy…

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