A mermaid is a legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a attractive woman and the tail of a fish. Mere(sea) and maid(a girl or young woman). Mermaids have appeared in myths, legends and fairy tales all over the world.
Traditionally the fish tail only replaces the legs, however many modern day depictions show the tail starting incorrectly at the waist. Mermaids are associated with perilous events such as floods, storms, shipwrecks, and drownings. In other folklore traditions they can be benevolent or beneficent, bestowing boons or falling in love with humans. They are depicted as beautiful women with long flowing hair and are often associated with the Sirens.
- Enhanced Strength: Do to the deep sea pressures, mermaids are slightly stronger than the average humans.
- Underwater Respiration: Mermaids can breathe in the water, by nature of their gills.
- Fast Swimmers: By nature of being half fish, Mermaids are faster swimmers then humans.
- Supernatural Beauty: Many myths describe mermaids as beautiful creatures whose fair faces could capture any man's heart.
- Siren singing: Like the sirens, many legends say mermaids possess beautiful voices lovelier than any human music. Their singing voices alone can cast a spell on listeners and draw them towards the singing mermaid, no matter what dangers lay between them.
- Water and Weather Manipulation: according to ancient myths, when angered, mermaids can conjure and control the seas and had the power to calm storms o make them rage in gigantic waves, just by dancing in the waves. The storms they command can be fierce and capable of destroying entire fleets and coastal towns.
Origins of Mermaid Mythology.Edit
Women in the ancient world and in the Dark Ages would go to the beach and go swimming or deep sea diving. They would swim naked and then rest on a large flat rock as a group. The women would sometimes sing a song to themselves and comb their hair. Some of the women weared a wooden flipper used for diving.
Mermaid sightings and encounters.Edit
There have been many sightings and encounters over the years.
- Many Titanic survivors claimed that they saw Mermaids swimming in the water by the life boats when the ship went down. Survivors saw a yellow glow in the water and then two arms came out of the water. The Mermaids then put a survivor into a life boat and then swime away.
Sightings around the world. Edit
Mermaids have been seen or encountered in many places around the world.
- The Atlantic Ocean.
- The Indian Ocean
- Israel, Yam.
- The North Atlantic Ocean
- The Pacific Ocean