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Sunset on the beach with coconut palms. Sri Lanka

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Is it possible that the legend of mermaids was started by swimmers and sailors who witnessed this incredible Beluga Whale underwater?

What look like a pair of human-knees is actually the whale’s rib cage, but it’s not hard to see how some might mistake this curvy creature for half-a-human.

Arial never had hips like that, though.

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