A town council in Israel is offering a $1million reward to anyone who could prove the existence of a mermaid in its waters, after numerous sightings of the mythical sea creature off its coast reported to the council office.
Kiryat Yam municipality, near Haifa, says it has received a dozens of reports about mermaid sightings in the past few months.
"Many people are telling us they are sure they've seen a mermaid and they are all independent of each other," council spokesman Natti Zilberman told Sky News.
According to the local media, the nautical nymph is only seen in the evening at sunset. The evening in Kiryat Yam are therefore always full of people with cameras hoping for a glimpse.
"People say it is half girl, half fish, jumping like a dolphin. It does all kinds of tricks, then disappears," Mr. Zilberman said.
Asked whether a dolphin or large fish could be a more rational explanation, he insisted: "They say it is a female figure, it looks like a young girl."
Asked if the council can afford the payout, he told Sky News: "I believe, if there really is a mermaid, then so many people and tourists will come to Kiryat Yam, a lot more moneywill be made than $1m."
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