Mermaids

January 4th, 1493 – Christopher Columbus had seen three aquatic creatures, half woman, half fish in the sea. Columbus wrote in his ship’s log, “The creatures rose high out of the water, but were not as beautiful as I had expected.”

June 15th, 1608 – Henry Hudson wrote in his own private log, “This morning, one of our company looking overboard saw a mermaid, and calling up some of the company to see her, one more came up and by that time she was close to the ship’s side looking earnestly upon the men. A little after, a sea came up and overturned her. From the navel upward, her back and breasts were like a woman’s, her body as big as one of us; her skin very white, with long black hair hanging down her back. When the mermaid finally went down under the waves, her tail was observed, which was like that of a porpoise and speckled like a mackerel.”

Mermaid folklore has been around for a very long time, dating as far back as an ancient story of the goddess Atargatis, whom supposedly transformed into a mermaid as punishment for killing her lover.

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Mermaids are popular in stories, photography sessions, and even films. “Splash” a film directed by Ron Howard starring talented actors Tom Hanks, Daryl Hannah, Eugene Levy, and John Candy was one of the most popular films released in 1984. A Disney favorite that was created for children is “The Little Mermaid”, a fairy-tale originally written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1838, now brought to life as cartoon. Both of these ever so popular movies were based on tales from the sea heard over the years, of beautiful half woman, half fish creatures living in the water. A more recent portrayal of mermaids was in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” films in which the beautiful creatures turned into vicious man-eaters, entrancing their prey before dragging them to the depths of the sea to devour them… and they weren’t so beautiful when they changed into their true selves.
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There seems to be a lot of controversy over Animal Planet showing a documentary called, “Mermaids: The New Evidence”” which caused a stir to viewers that are skeptic of the existence of the creature. This isn’t the first film released by Animal Planet claiming to have proof or evidence of mermaids. In 2012 they released, “Mermaid: The Body Found” which drew the attention of more than three million viewers.

Personally, I’d love for this creature to be real, especially if they look anything like Daryl Hannah in her youth. Many say the tales come from drunken sailors seeing Manatee in the moonlight. You might call bullshit, but I’m going to say, Troy didn’t exist, until we found it, and maybe Atlantis is full of life. Chalking this up to another one of life’s mysteries.. I simply ask, is it possible?

~ William C. Raustler

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