Washington: Much like zombies, mermaids also do not exist, the US government has said.
Seeking to assure its citizens, the US government said in a statement: "No evidence of aquatic humanoids has ever been found."
"Mermaids -- those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea -- are legendary sea creatures," the National Ocean Service’s (NOS) statement read.
The agency, which is responsible for dealing with natural hazards, received inquiries about mermaids’ existence following a broadcast on the Discovery Channel`s Animal Planet of a programme titled "Mermaids: The Body Found" in May.
The show "paints a wildly convincing picture of the existence of mermaids, what they may look like, and why they`ve stayed hidden... until now," says a Discovery Channel press release.
While the US government denied their existence, it did not give any conclusive proof to back its claim.
The statement comes after another government agency, this time the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), declared there was no conclusive evidence for the existence of zombies, reports a news agency.
The CDC had published instructional materials on how to survive a "zombie apocalypse," in what the agency now calls "a tongue in cheek campaign to engage new audiences with messages of preparedness messages."
The campaign was followed by a series of cannibalistic attacks in North America.
In one such attack on May 26, a 31-year-old Miami man stripped naked and chewed off most of a homeless man`s face.
The Twittersphere was suddenly alive with people talking about the real and present danger of a zombie apocalypse.
The CDC was quick to respond to allegations of corpses rising from the dead to eat the living.
"CDC does not know of a virus or condition that would reanimate the dead," a government spokesperson wrote in an email to The Huffington Post.
(With Agency inputs)