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Scientists try to unravel mystery of eerie ‘mermaid mummy’

KURASHIKI, Okayama Prefecture—A “mermaid mummy” kept at a temple has been an object of worship, the stuff of nightmares and a source of mystery for hundreds of years.

Now, for the first time, a project has started to scientifically analyze the mummified creature, which has the upper body of a human and the lower body of a fish.

The researchers from the Kurashiki University of Science and the Arts here and other organizations plan to announce their findings around autumn.

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2-meter-long “water monster” found in Sun Moon Lake, suspected to be an exotic species of broad-fin eel

(Central News Agency reporter Wu Zhehao Nantou on the 15th) Lai Yongli, a stand-up paddle coach, led tourists on a tour of Sun Moon Lake and found a big fish over 2 meters long. He posted the video on Facebook, and some netizens commented that there is a “water monster” in Sun Moon Lake. The Sun Moon Lake District Fisheries Association believes that it may be an exotic species of broad-fin ee

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Iran’s proposed pet ban sparks outrage

Outrage was sparked in Iran after the government proposed a law in November that would ban pets in the country.

The law, named Protection of the Public’s Rights Against Animals, was proposed by 75 hardliner legislators and introduced in November, described people living with animals as a “destructive social problem,” and bans “importing, raising, assisting in the breeding of, breeding, buying or selling, transporting, driving or walking, and keeping in the home wild, exotic, harmful and dangerous animals,” according to AFP. However, the definition of “harmful and dangerous animals” does not strictly cover animals typically deemed as such.

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