posted on Apr, 9 2012 @ 05:39 PM
reply to post by groingrinder
Many many reports from see ship logs in the old days.
1493, January 4, Christopher Columbus reports seeing three mermaids playing about and jumping out of the water. He says, "They were not as beautiful
as they are painted, although to some extent they have a human appearance in the face...."
1560, Bosquez, aide to the Viceroy of Goa, performed autopsies on 7 mermaids caught by fishermen in Ceylon.
1599, in the book Historia Monstrorum a real mermaid and her mate are reported embracing near the Nile River delta.
1608, June 15, Henry Hudson, explorer and discoverer of the Hudson River, records seeing a real mermaid near Russia. He wrote in his log: Two crew
members - Thomas Hilles and Robert Rayner - sighted a mermaid at 75° 7' N, and shouted at the rest of the crew to come and look. Hudson further
recorded it as having a "tail of a porpoise and speckled like a mackerel." She was "looking earnestly on the men" who gathered on the side to see
her. The description Hudson wrote says she was "speckled like a macrell" (mackerel) with long black hair, white skin and a woman's breasts.