Mermaids – those half-human, half-fish sirens of the sea — are legendary sea creatures .When we think of mermaids, we categorize them the same way we do Bigfoot, the Loch Ness monster, or even paranormal entities. Most of us have never seen them with our own eyes, so quite frankly, it’s difficult to believe they exist.
However, maybe we shouldn’t disagree with mermaids existence. Over the course of history, there were many reported stories of run-ins with creatures who very closely resembled mermaids. But, were they?
1 : Pliny the Elder wrote Natural History….
Long ago during the first century, Pliny the Elder wrote Natural History where he described in great detail a species of half-fish, half human creatures he called “nereids.” Pliny claimed Emperor Augustus had a military officer who saw piles of dead nereid bodies on the shore.
2 : Christopher Columbus claimed to have encountered three mermaids….
In 1493 Christopher Columbus claimed to have encountered three mermaids off the coast of Haiti. He wrote in a journal that they “rose out of the sea; but they are not so beautiful as they are said to be, for their faces had some masculine traits.”
3 : Explorer John Smith found a mermaid …..
Explorer John Smith apparently fell for a mermaid he saw off the coast of Newfoundland in 1614. However, as she was slowly coming out of the water staring at Smith, he realized she was half fish, and he quickly got over his crush.
4 : humanoid creature at the shores of New Zealand’s South Island….
In 2014, the body of a humanoid creature with aquatic features that washed up on the shores of New Zealand’s South Island caused quite a stir. Was it a hoax or the real deal?
5 : Newark Bay‘s mermaids ….
The Newark Bay near Deerness, Scotland, became a hot-spot for one particular mermaid sighting in 1890. People claimed a seven-foot-tall human-like creature with a tail would climb onto the shore’s rocks at night.
6 : A temple located in Fukuoka, Japan
There is a temple located in Fukuoka, Japan, that supposedly houses the remains of a mermaid who washed up in 1222. A priest preserved the bones, and they’ve been on display for nearly 800 years.
7 : Mermaids on the shore of Benbecula….
In 1830, a body of a mermaid who was killed by a thrown rock washed up on the shore of Benbecula, an island off of Scotland. The townsfolk buried the tiny body on the shoreline, but no one has ever been able to find it.
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