Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Dozens of mermaid sightings in the past few months have been flooding city official offices in the Kiryat Yam municipality, near Haifa, Israel, Sky News reports, and they are willing to pay for proof.
The Kiryat Yam town council is offering $1 million to anyone who can prove the mermaid exists, the story said, drawing crowds of people with cameras to the shore every evening at sunset. "People say it is half girl, half fish, jumping like a dolphin. It does all kinds of tricks then disappears," Council spokesman Natti Zilberman told Sky News.
Zilberman denies that the reward is a publicity stunt, but he told Sky News that he is hopes proof of the mermaid will bring in more tourists to the area.