Real Mermaid Sightings

Updated on April 15, 2016
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Kitty has been independently researching and studying the fae for over 15 years. She enjoys sharing what she's learned with her readers.

A mermaid statue on Clonfert Cathedral in County Galway, Ireland, which isclose to where real mermaids have been sighted for centuries.
A mermaid statue on Clonfert Cathedral in County Galway, Ireland, which isclose to where real mermaids have been sighted for centuries. | Source

A Real Mermaid Sighting in Israel

  • What happened and when: In 2009 a huge hub-bub in Israel swept the nation; one could call it the "mermaid craze." What happened? Well, apparently, on a small beach in Kiryat Yam, a real mermaid sighting took place, leaving the city and the entire country enthralled. For a period of several months, locals and tourists supposedly witnessed and were thrilled to see a real mermaid appear and then disappear into the ocean.
  • The sighting: The woman, or mermaid, had the tail of a fish and the upper body of a lady, was beautiful. She was at first mistaken to be a sunbathing tourist by a few local men. Then, as they drew closer to the woman on the beach, they noticed she had a tail. She then dove into the water and into the sunset, without resurfacing for air even once. They knew then that they had experienced a real mermaid sighting.
  • The craze: This is what began the mermaid craze in Israel. After that first real mermaid sighting, more individuals claimed to have seen this real mermaid. She only appeared at sunset and seemed to play tricks on eyewitnesses, never allowing them to get too close to her before splashing into the sea never to be seen again.
  • The aftermath: The town of Kiryat Yam saw a major increase in tourism after this mermaid craze. They even offered an award of one million dollars to the person who could catch the mermaid on film. Of course, no one ever did get that real mermaid sighting evidence that the town so longed for. But we can still hope.


More Real Mermaid Sightings

  1. Mermaid songs. Fellow author Lilleyth told me a story of how her father would actually hear mermaids singing from within the depths of the ocean. He and his mates were in submarines (or ships, I can't remember which) and would hear the seductive song of mermaids emanating from the ocean waves. Some men would even jump off the vessel while in a trance from the mermaids' songs.
  2. Antartica mermaids. There have been real mermaid sightings, or what the Japanese have called "ningen" sightings, in the waters off the coast of Antartica. These sea creatures appear to be very human-like, but are completely white and obviously live under the water just as other mermaids of legend.
  3. Mermaids from the Middle Ages. During the Middle Ages in the twelfth century, a merman was caught from the waters off the coast of Orfold Castle in Suffolk. The owners of the castle held the merman for about six months, but then escaped and returned to his home in the ocean. The stories say that this merman was quiet—he apparently never said a single word to his captors, and would only eat fish when provided with meals.
  4. 19th century Mermaids in Dyfed. In Dyfed, twelve people watched a beautiful mermaid bathing in the water. She had the body of a beautiful human woman, but a black tail splashed from behind her. This real mermaid sighting occurred in July of 1826 and was talked about for years after the occurrence.
  5. Mermaids in Zimbabwe. Mermaids were seen and heard in Zimbabwe in 2002 from men who were working on a reservoir. They were driven away by mermaids, and wouldn't return to work again. A mermaid report was published in the papers and backed by the Minister Nkomo. Apparently, all of the workers were terrified to go back to work and so the resolution was to brew traditional beer and offer it to appease the mermaids. After they did this, they were able to return to work on the reservoir.
  6. Canadian mermaids. In British Columbia, Canada, a real mermaid sighting occurred in 1967 when people saw a woman with the tail of a dolphin. She had beautiful blonde hair and was spotted eating salmon. Some tourists on the ferry actually saw this mermaid in Active Pass near Victoria. The town went nuts for the mermaid, but she has not been seen since.
  7. Mermaid and mer-child sightings from the British. Mermaids have been seen by the British for hundreds of years. One particularly intriguing story, written and published in the British Press in 1810, tells of a pair of mer-children found on the Isle of Man. Apparently, a couple fisherman thought they heard a dying bird or animal of some sort and went towards the noise. There, they found one dead mer-child and another that had been injured in a recent storm. They took the injured mer-child home and nursed it back to health. The mer-children were apparently under two feet in length, had the torso of a normal child and the tail of a fish (just as the mermaids/men of tales have always told). Also, their hair was like that of seaweed, and it was even green in color. The mer-child would eat mussels provided by the man and sometimes drink from a quill of water or milk.


Mermaid Myths & Stories

So where did the idea of a mermaid come from? Did Disney make it up for their classic movie "The Little Mermaid?" Actually, mermaid tales have existed for much much longer than the Disney movie has. In fact, the mermaid tales are thousands of years old, and they most likely did not originate in Israel.

"Merrows" in Ireland and Scotland

In Ireland, and some places in Scotland, mermaids are called "merrows" and the stories of these elusive creatures date back to the 9th century AD. Many stories of these creatures gave warnings to the locals about the dangers of the merrows or merfolk. Many sailors of past centuries believed that a real mermaid sighting meant impending doom of some sort, either pf terrible storms, a shipwreck, or both. Sometimes, the merfolk were thought to even cause the storms that would wreck the ships, and they were so evil that they would eat the drowning sailors. These mermaid legends are a far cry from the Little Mermaid's story that our children know in modern times. Often, children in Great Britain, Ireland, and Scotland were warned from going too close to lochs, rivers, and even wells else they be taken by the merrows.

When people had real mermaid sightings in Ireland and Scotland, the female merrows were usually very beautiful and the male merrows were usually the opposite. This is why many believed that female merrows would leave their oceanic home behind to marry and live with humans. The mermaids had long green hair, white webbed hands, and were usually seen combing their hair, sitting on rocks or the shoreline (as depicted in much of the mermaid artwork we see today).

Greek Mermaids, or Sirens

The sirens are Greek mermaids of incredible talent and power. They were said to have once been goddesses that were punished by the Greek goddess Demeter for not finding and rescuing Demeter's daughter Persephone. They lived on an island in the Mediterranean Sea and would lure sailors by playing enchanting music. The music was so beautiful and captivating that the sailors would lose control of the ship and crash on the rocks. In some stories, the sirens weren't mermaids at all, but women with the wings of birds. However, most stories and pictures today show the Greek sirens in mermaid form. You can read more about the Greek Sirens online.

Selkies from Orkney Legends, or Shapeshifting Mermaids

The selkies of Orkney legends were actually shapeshifting mermaids of sorts. When they were in the water, they possessed the bodies of seals, but when they came onto the shore they could change into the form of a human being. Many legends tell of selkie females who would become human men's wives, only to leave them later on when they had a calling for their home in the ocean. Legend has it that if a man can hide or destroy the selkie's seal-skin coat, that she will be his forever. However, if she finds her seal-coat, she will be able to shift and return to the sea forever, leaving him heartbroken. For a woman to meet a selkie male, she must cry seven tears into the ocean and he will come.

Updates on Real Mermaid Sightings

Mermaid and mermen legends have been around for centuries, and I don't foresee this disappearing in the centuries to come. Do mermaids and mermen indeed exist or did they exist at some point in history? Usually, legends come from some form of truth—be it little or thorough. I prefer to believe in mermaids, but I don't plan on following one into the ocean's depths any time soon.

I read an article that made headline news on Yahoo News recently. Apparently, scientists are coming out with statements to say that there is no "proof" that mermaids have ever existed. Well, the proof is in the pudding. Why is it that scientists always seem to want to disprove legends and folklore, rather than actually search for the evidence to prove it?

While mermaids are shrouded in mystery and have been for hundreds of years, again, there is usually a reason why a legend exists. Some sort of truth is out there. If the world of science chooses to not believe in miraculous things including mermaids, then that is their prerogative. However, I choose to believe in them because it makes me happy. How about you? Do you believe in mermaids?

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

    Eva - Wow! That is such an amazing story. I love hearing stories of you think they were mean to the sailors?

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    Eva 4 years ago

    My mother told me, that her father, when he was a little boy of 12 year old, stored away on a ship, i was not born yet , but my granddad told my mother that when he stored away on that ship, that he went everywhere over many waters , that he saw different colors of water. he also said that, he saw mermaids on that ship as a boy, the mermaids were scary, and they liked the men very much, they would swim around the ship, rock it try to shake men off they wanted them, they would learn theri names, so they call each other crate , box, and so forth, the mermaids would say throw box off the boat, i have to go i can't see my self type

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

    That's an amazing story. Thanks for sharing, xina!

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    xina 4 years ago

    I too believe in them. I grow up in africa in a country called Djibouty it's on the coast. This country is situated in the horn of Africa. They people live of fish and the Fisher men would always tell about the mermaids and some of them would even capture it or even fall in love. They would tell people to stay away from the see at night for the mermaids would abduct you and never to be seen. And when indeed someone disappeared then they would say the mermaids took them. I remember once a Fisherman had a mermaids in display and the whole town went to see it. I saw think that the mermaids are scared of people and that is why they stay away.

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    Nicole Canfield 4 years ago from Summerland

    Charm - Agreed! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Charm 4 years ago

    Hi, I happened upon this hub while surfing the net. I live in West Africa and can boldly tell you there are mermaids. Some are good and some are evil. Pray you don't meet the evil ones cos you might not live to tell tales. We see these people a lot. They can become human at will. Some even have children but they tend to abandon their kids and go back to the sea. My friend's father who was a sea-man and an alcoholic regaled us with accounts of mermaid sightings. Some were wonderful, others were life-threatening situations. I personally know they exist. Scientists don't want people to believe that there are mermaids because the question would arise: "Was Darwin right about anything at all?" They would prefer to debunk the stories of non-human creatures in the sea than take the time to actually prove these stories.

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    siphosethu 4 years ago

    I don't believe on mermaids but I am starting to think it would be fun being one ..... i just have a lot of questions like, do they go to church or school where they learn how to swim and stuff...

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    Avinesh Prahladi 4 years ago from Chandigarh

    I personally believe that mermaids only exist in stories. This whole mermaid thing is quite fictitious.

    Anyway, I really enjoyed reading this hub :-)

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    ahorseback 4 years ago

    I saw one or two last night, while walking the outer banks of North Carolina. In fact. I was accosted on the beach and was forced to play doctor in the surf with them both. Sure was nice though ,full moon ,crashing surf, a bottle of vino, and many hours later all I had left was a hangover,an empty bottle, and scratches on my arms,and back, now though ,I've noticed web growth between my toes

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    Revalent 4 years ago

    This is a great page to sate the hunger of an inquisitive mind. Personally I do believe that creatues of fantasy, good or evil, may have existed at some point of time, if not in the present. Mermaids are one of them.

    The world we live in is a mystery. There are many theories that are probable.

    1. The world's goverments, or maybe only a few may know of secrets, but choose to strictly hide it from the general public to prevent a widespread panic or a reaction. They may feel that we are not ready to know all the truths of this world.

    2. Magic may be at work here. Magic has been in fantasies, stories and lore since the start of time, but majority of us know nothing of it. Mermaids may be hidden from us by the works of magic. We may have passed them many a time, but only to be invisible to us unless they choose to be seen (Or a mistake on their part). The lost world of Atlantis may be there and full of life all along but only to be invisible to us all these time.

    3. Like some already mentioned here, alternate and parallel universes. It is definitely not farfetched to fathom about this. Reality as we know it may even be false. Something we will never know in this lifetime or the next, but maybe in the afterlife.

    4. Extinction. Althought many believe that this is the cause of many fantasy creatures, I highly doubt it, especially in regards with mermaids. They are out there, somewhere.

    5. They live among us. Maybe that odd woman you see in the streets at a local market near the ocean could be special. Maybe they change their appearances once they are on land or once they enter the water. This theory is especially popular in regards with aliens (See MIB). Not too farfetched as well I think.

    6. Legends may have been warped. A popular notion is that sailors of old saw dugongs or manitees that they mistaken as mermaids. This is very likely, but sometimes not everyone can be that blind. I believe while many did make this mistake, some actually really did see the real deal.

    Whatever the case may be, our human mind is such a wonderful thing. Our imaginations are so expansive and extraordinary. It never stops us from thinking about the unknowns.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Very interesting, thanks!

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    J.E.B. 5 years ago

    Check out: You Tube Mermaids-The Body Found

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    KissMyKatnip 5 years ago

    I believe. They even say there was paintings i caves of mermaids! So come on guys really...they were Not just made up out of nowhere...right? (:

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    rose - There are people out there who believe they have the soul of a mermaid, so you are not alone.

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    rose 5 years ago

    I love your stories, always believe in mermaid ever since a little kid. Sometimes i think i use to be one. Lol

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    khadir 5 years ago

    this is joke?

    meromaind is nothing in this earth

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Ditto! Thanks for reading and chiming in. :)

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    The Chewy Mommy 5 years ago

    I definitely believe the existence of mermaids is a possibility. There is so much of the ocean have not and cannot explore that no one knows for sure what lives down there. The fact there have been so many reported sightings over the centuries adds weight to my belief.

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    Orlando 5 years ago

    I really hope mermaids are real...I just do. I believe in them, and nice post.

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    Ariel 5 years ago

    i live in Mozambique an area close to Zimbabwe but isn't landlocked like it and has beautiful coasts. Well there are a lot of locals here that have spotted women walking into the sea and disappearing into the depths. One would presume they committed suicide by drowning themselves, but the same women would be seen maybe a year or two later in the local markets.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    AP - Thank you for responding To Ed's comments. I wasn't sure if he was joking or not, but if he isn't then this will surely be helpful. :) Blessings!

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    Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

    As an historical researcher of topics like this I know of one you might want to look into Ed, and that is the mass close-up sightings of mermaid entity's off the west coast of Scotland in the early 1800s, many of the encounters were by govt. officials too btw. Once heard a very high-ranking military person make the comment that if the world's people knew what was really under the earth and in the seas they would be astounded. So yes, by all means report your alluded to sexual foursome abduction to the proper people, preferably the HubPages community.:) You'll have a captive audience, guaranteed, no pun intended my friend.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Ed - I am assuming this is a joke?

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    ahorseback 5 years ago

    Kitty ! Last night I was visiously attacked on a beach by three mermaids who proceeded to torture me into a sordid foursome relationship ! I was devastated ! Can you imagine this , they took me into the water and held my head underneath the water until I was more than willing to swim for the rest of the night with them clinging at my side ! All I can think of now is the "Stockholme snyndrone " but I'm not sure , should I report this to the proper authorities ? Or just pretend it never really happened !.......Ed

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    livewirez - Awesome. I believe!

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    Romel Tarroza 5 years ago from Pearl of the Orient Sea

    It always came across my mind. Are mermaids do exist in real world. Though I had seen some video on Youtube about them but it would be more convincing if I can see them in real.

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    apollo369 5 years ago

    Such a great article, and fantastic comments!

    I've heard that people (like me, and probably everyone here) who are fascinated by/obsessed with mermaids actually were Atlanteans, and are remembering that time.

    I have a friend who is a well known medium, who frequently communicates with faeries etc, who firmly believes that there is a parallel dimension where "fantastical creatures" exist, and time moves in a spiral, but theirs moves in an opposite direction, which is why these stories come and go, as our paths cross again. Which would explain why we have new mermaid sightings now, and haven't for 200 years (really).

    Either way, be they physical creatures we have yet to find, or something a bit more etheric, I love the idea of mermaids, and here's hoping we see more of them!

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    nicolettemk 5 years ago from Rhode Island

    This is very interesting even my husband read it! We watched the show on television about mermaid sightings and were both hooked instantly! This is pretty cool, however the actual look of what mermaids look like verses Ariel are very off. However, I guess we can't always believe the Disney versions or anything are what is real!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Glass-Jewelry - That is amazing! Were they what the legends say or are they a little uglier? LOL. Blessings and thank you so much for sharing with us. :)

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    Marco Piazzalunga 5 years ago from Presezzo, Italy

    It is not difficult to find mermaids, need a lot of patience and stamina in walking. I've seen some in the Mediterranean Sea, in southern Italy, on the Adriatic coast of Puglia, rich in caves and caverns of the sea. You have to delve deep into the caves along difficult routes within the bowels of the earth, and if you are lucky you can make a wonderful meeting.

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    Stephanie 5 years ago from Canada

    I really love mermaids and wish I could see one for real. Every since I was a child I drew them. Thanks for sharing!

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Bigces - No way! Where was this? I'd love to find the article on it. Thanks for sharing.

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    Bigces 5 years ago

    This is so strange my girlfriend just told about a mermaid sighting in an area where there are no mermaid legends, some small boys were playing on the bank of the river and saw a mermaid, they hit it with rocks and took a photo of it and it was on the front Page of the local newspaper, anyway a girl finally came upon it and she claims the creature telepathically asked her to push it back into the water. The boys all died about a week later, just as in the old legends. These were all rural black children who'd never heard of mermaids before.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Thank you, Brooke.

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    brooke 5 years ago

    You should look up the website Jacks Diving Locker, its got some amazing stories and footage that I believe everyone could find useful

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    brooke 5 years ago

    This is absolutely beautiful, they are still out there, and hopefully will stay out there if the navy wasn't going around killing them and all the other beautiful enchanting creatures of the deep

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    ChleotheWitch 5 years ago

    Interesting to read about this. I believe that it can be possible for mermaids to exist even though most people believe it to be a myth. We have reached for the stars yet we have been unable to reach to the deepest depths of our Oceans. How can we be sure of what is found down there? Great article!

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    P.A.O. 5 years ago

    That isn't what a mermaid looks like, I saw the other one for this with a picture. They do look a bit like human, but because they live underwater they do not have hair. So if there is a pic of a mermaid with hair it is a hoax. Also their skin is a light blue due to being underwater. Mermaids can also be mostly found near migrating whales but if people keep on disturbing them they will hide forever. People should leave them alone and the only time you will see one on land is if it is dying and got washed a shore or due to something bigger in the water and the shore was its only protection.

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 5 years ago from United Kingdom

    I saw that documentary too, Matthew. I thought it was a fascinating theory but not sure if it's possible. Still, it does spark the imagination.

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    Matthew Kirk 5 years ago from Liverpool

    There was a documentary on this subject last night. A bit far fetched, but they presented mermaids as primates who walked into the sea (figuratively speaking), and spoke of some remains that were found.

    There was some pathetic evidence, some video footage which was clearly CGI and poor quality and similar things.

    Don't get me wrong, it is possible, but far far from likely. Probably more chance to find aliens on mars.

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    justgrace1776 5 years ago

    Yes, I believe in mermaids. This is a great hub!

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    abrahampotter 5 years ago

    mermaids, if they were real, would not be how we think they would be. They wouldn't be the hottest/ most beautiful creature in the sea. They would have to have a thick layer of blubber to keep warm enough to survive. hair would get all matted and in the way, so they would not have any. And the salt of the ocean would make their skin all wrinkly. they would resemble a dugong.

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    Jasmine 5 years ago

    I've been reading a lot about mermaids lately (especially in Celtic mythology) to complete my research and start a significant project. There are so many interesting stories. The underwater world and mermaids are also great drawing and painting motives.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Of course!

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    believer 5 years ago

    question do u believe

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Your dreams are AMAZING. I have some pretty amazing dreams, but this one with the mermaid is intense and beautiful! Sounds like she was trying to tell you something for sure. Absolutely gorgeous. Thanks for sharing! I believe in mermaids and the fae.

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    Silvers-Jain8 5 years ago from MA

    This was a beautifully written article Kitty. I loved it!

    There's always somethings magical yet fatal about them. You can not ignore tales or writings about mermaids, because they are so enchanting and mysterious. In my personal opinion I would like to believe they exist though I'm more concrete on the fae. I had a dream once about one and she was beautiful.

    I mean I felt this envy as black as night hit me when I got a good look at her in the water. I couldn't help it and it was so abnormal, but I think she could read minds. She smiled and found it lovely.

    I remember trying to escape, but she had her tail wrapped around me.

    The pressure was so real and intense. Plus she had so much hair that she literally hid behind and she blended so well with the water that she was almost camouflaged, if she didn't shift now and then.

    She asked me questions and if she didn't like an answer she would tighten her tail. I though she was going to suffocate me....seriously.

    This whole scenario took place underwater. I could see fish and kelp and invisible things zooming by leaving bubbles in their wake.

    I noticed I could breathe and it must have had something to do with her. Also I saw the mermaids teethe they were clear like cartilage, but they looked sharp enough to tear flesh.

    I mean it was scary yet awesome, because in the end she kissed me and sent me back to the surface and I woke up in bliss.

    It was a very surreal anyway nice hub .

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    lenavelez 5 years ago

    Amazing timing. I just watched a Discovery Channel episode proving that mermaids do exist. They showed beaching of whales and a mermaid that was still alive. Video was made on a cell phone. Look into it when you have a chance, I found it inspiring and sad.

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    oliivia 5 years ago

    very good info but have you seen the move ,, Mermaids: body found `` from animal planet, you can see it on youtube too and thers ,,Mermaids: body found TEST 2008``

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Pawan.

    Jolina - Wow! I had never heard that before with the mermaids luring the fish away from the nets (but I can believe that the mermaids are just trying to save the sea species). As for taking children that are swimming, I wonder what their motive would be? Are they taking them to kill them or turn them into mermaids like themselves? It makes me wonder! Thanks again!

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    Sunshine Diaz 5 years ago from Wichita, Kansas

    Hi Kitty! Thanks for writing this hub! timeless! I want to share something about mermaids in the Philippines, they are taught as badluck to fishermen because the mermaids usually lure the fish away from their nets, so what they do is when they see one, they kill it. The mermaids also take children who were swimming in the ocean.

    I believe in genetic mutation in the past and i believe mermaids do exist. This is a great hub!

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    Pawan 5 years ago

    According to Scientists who says that mermaids can't exist are working on the theory 0f parallel universe.They says that we leave in multiverse , but we can only interact with the universe inn which we are presently living.Many of them believe that ghost really exist and they live in other universe parallel to our's & also they have the energy to travel between both universes which is also know as "TIME TRAVEL".

    So,why can mermaids exist in way that ghost exist.It can also be that human interference with nature like global warming must have lead to the extinction of mermaids that's why nowadays sightings is very very very rare.Many biologist believe that we humans only know about 1% of total life on earth then mermaids must be of that 90%.

    So,i believe that mermaids are real.I am a student of engg & if in future i get an chance to discover or see a mermaid the i will consider myself as the most luckiest person on the earth.....

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    Pawan 5 years ago

    I don't know ,who are all of you guys and i even don't know that the mermaids are real or not.But,if they are i would like touch them only for once.

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    Nicole Canfield 5 years ago from Summerland

    Recently Awakened - I agree, whether they're true or not they're fun to learn about. Thanks for stopping by.

    bernard.sinai - It's the same with fairies, believe it or not. Almost every culture has their version of fairies or fairy-like creatures. Thanks!

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    Bernard Sinai 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

    I've always kept an open mind on the subject. Although I have not seen solid proof that mermaid exist, I've noted that nearly all coastal civilization, from the most primitive to the highly evolved have tales about this beautiful women from the sea.

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    Recently Awakened 5 years ago

    What a really cool huh. Stories like these are so entertaining, whether they are true or not. That is why they stand the test of time. I really enjoyed reading this and I can't wait to read more of your hubs!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, everyone for your wonderful comments on mermaids. Even if they don't exist, it's fun to imagine, right?

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    Zulma Burgos-Dudgeon 6 years ago from United Kingdom

    Absolutely love this. I've always been fascinated by mermaids and used to draw them when I was young. It nice to know they may still be around somewhere.

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    believer2033 6 years ago

    well if there really are mermaids then im almost certain that there would be a way to turn into a mermaid!!! i wouuld love to turn into a mermaid and i need a spell or potion or somethhing like that to help me become one so someone please if you have one post it!

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    ahorseback 6 years ago

    "Yes Kiity , there really are mermaids my dear !.......I too believe ."

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    precy anza 6 years ago from USA

    Interesting and enjoyed the hub :) If I believe in fairies, I can say I believe there's mermaids as well.^-^

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    Veronica 6 years ago

    Watch mermaid special on animal planet life changing!

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    manofmystery24 6 years ago

    Destination Truth is like a mix of paranormal and cryptzoology. It's on Syfy. It's awesome.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    manofmystery24 - What's Destination Truth? I'm intrigued. Thanks for reading & voting!

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    manofmystery24 6 years ago

    Nice hub KittytheDreamer. I saw this on Destination Truth. They actually might have captured the mermaid on a thermal imager. There was a human shape in the middle of the ocean and it disappeared. Interesting. Voted up!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Koffee Gals - Thanks, glad you enjoyed it!

    Romancer - Yes, this world is magical. I'm happy to see that someone else can see that in the world.

    pongogirl - Agreed!

    fester - Isn't it awesome? Wish I could see one soon!

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    Daniel Christian 6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

    Very interesting hub kitty. Many of us know that mermaids are only exist in stories. But now a days this creatures are exposing themselves in the public places where people are so amaze and wonder if what they saw was real or just a trick.But for me to see is to believe. Great hub.

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    Jasmine Pena 6 years ago from California, USA

    love mermaids:) wish they could be real because I so want to see one for real!:)

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    ROMANCER OF LIFE 6 years ago from Honolulu, Hawaii

    Wow... I loved this piece! I've always been Intrigued with mermaids. Although, I never ever saw one... I always believed of their existence, the same way I believe in God, Heaven, and Angels :) Our world is very Magical indeed...

    Thank you for sharing!

    ~ Romancer~

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    Susan Hazelton 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

    What a beautiful legend. I love exploring legends. There are so many unexplained things attached to them.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Jirel. Glad I could bring back memories for you.

    QudsiaP1 - I would love to learn more about the Djinn. I find the concept super intriguing...other-dimensional beings. Thanks for sharing!

    Thanks, Zann17.

    CR Rookwood - I loved that movie when I was a kid and now my daughter loves it too! Though it is a skewed portrayal of the original tale and mermaid legends it is still super cute and fun to watch with the little ones. Selkie legends are some of my favorite of all time! Thanks for reading & commenting, as always. :)

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    Pamela Hutson 6 years ago from Moonlight Maine

    What a wonderful hub! My daughters loved that Disney movie "The Little Mermaid" when they were little, and could recite ALL the dialogue from memory. Now they are grown women with kids and they STILL can do this! When that movie came out I was really disgusted with it, and I explained how the original fairy tale was SO different, but I realized they were having to much fun to care. lol!

    Love the selkie legends too. Lovely hub, thank you Kitty.

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    zann17 6 years ago from Bristol, England

    Good Hub, nice pics

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    QudsiaP1 6 years ago

    Beautifully told ktd. :)

    I loved the little mermaid and I find the idea fascinating. We believe in alternate dimensions in a way that like our eyes are capable to see the sun's rays but not the ultraviolet rays, in the same way, the alternate dimension lies before us, only not to be seen by human eyes. We believe that jinns live in the alternate dimension and they can take on whichever form they find appeasing.

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    jirel 6 years ago from Philippines

    This is really interesting.It brings back the old memories.I have always been fascinated by them.I wish I could see one of them.Voted up!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Thanks, Nell. I love the idea too. Thanks so much!

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    Nell Rose 6 years ago from England

    Hi, kitty, I love the idea of Mermaids, and I also believe that maybe a lot of our myths and legends do in fact come from another dimension too, it does make sense, science is always on about alternate realities, so I can quite believe it, lovely hub and the pictures were great! voted and shared, nell

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    jennzie - I agree, that would be too fantastic.

    Paradise7 - Yes, some of the comments were just as riveting as my hub on mermaids. :)

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    Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

    Really enchanting and thorough look into the mermaid legends and recent sightings. Thanks, Kitty, I enjoyed this one very much, and I enjoyed the stories of the other commentators, too. Riveting!

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    Jenn 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

    Mermaids are fascinating to me and it would be cool if there are really some out there.

    Nice hub!

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    writer20 - Thanks, me too!

    Seeker7 - Don't apologize...this was an AMAZING story! I'm so happy you shared it with me. What a beautiful story of a mermaid. Who knows? Maybe it was indeed a mermaid swimming alongside those dolphins. Maybe dolphins are actually friends to the mermaids. :) I'll remember this story forever...thanks again so much. And I think you have a cool theory with mermaids being from another dimension. It would make a lot of sense, sort of along the same lines of thinking that faeries are from another dimension and come in and out of ours at will.

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    Helen Murphy Howell 6 years ago from Fife, Scotland

    Kitty, this is beautiful and very, very intriguing! I think what fascinates me as well, is the legends of the merfolk are to be found all over the world and the descriptions tend to be very similar.

    I think like any mysterious events we have on the planet, these sightings tend to come in cycles. Creatures that seem to appear then disappear for long periods of time. Is it perhaps that they are actually from another dimension rather than acutal earth bound beings? I guess it would explain much - why they are not seen that often and then disappear and also their almost spiritual like qualities.

    I know of one very intriguing story that my Grandad told us many years ago that happened to a close friend of his - called Jock. My Grandad and only two other people outside the Navy knew this story apparently.

    Anyway, a few years after the end of WWI - maybe about 1928 or so, a navy ship was on patrol off the north east coast of Scotland when it was hit by a storm and got into difficulties. Most of the guys got into life boats, but some had to stay in the ocean and hang onto ropes on the sides of the boats. To make it worse, when the storm settled, a very think east coast haar (severe fog) came in and visibility was almost zero.

    Jock and two of his navy pals were some of the unfortunate ones to be hanging onto the lifeboat from the ocean. Also, their boat seemed to have went adrift and they couldn't see the other lifeboats, but could hear them a fair distance away. Jock then described how the men in the water, including himself, were soon getting hypothermic and very tired. They didn't know how much longer they could hang on. Suddenly a couple of odd looking heads bobbed up from the water and gently prodded the men as if trying to keep them awake. When the heads re-surfaced they could see it was dolphins! A few more dolphins joined them and it was as if these beautiful animals were doing their best to keep the men awake and motivated to keep going. This went on for about an hour, when they heard a ship's engine and they knew they were going to be rescued. But the most mysterious thing was yet to happen - just minutes before the men were lifted out of the water, (the dolphins were still around) my Grandad's friend swears he suddenly saw the head and shoulders of a beautiful dark-haired woman in the ocean with the dolphins and she was smiling back at the men. Grandad's friend turned round and saw that two of his mates in the water had seen the same thing as well as one of the guys within the small lifeboat. Of course it was put down to hallucination, affects of hypothermia and so on. But my Grandad told us that up until the day he died, Jock was adament that the woman had been present with the dolphins. They didn't see a fish tale, only her long dark hair, beautiful face and shoulders!

    Anyway, Kitty, sorry about the novel but I thought you would find this interesting! I loved this hub of yours and hope to read many more of the same! Voted up interesting, awesome, beautiful!!!

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    Joyce Haragsim 6 years ago from Southern Nevada

    The legend is very captivating and I like to think they are still around.

    Vote up beautiful and interesting, Joyce.

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    Nicole Canfield 6 years ago from Summerland

    Leaderofmany - Thank you for reading, and you're right!

    Lilleyth - Yes, I know it's sort of a sad story but I loved it since the moment you mentioned it! Thanks for sharing again. I believe in mermaids, just as I believe in faeries.

    Dolores - Very true. I used to feel like a mermaid when I was a little girl and I swam underwater. Feeling my hair wave past me...Thanks for reading! :)

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    Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

    The idea of mermaids is enchanting and you really have to wonder where these stories came from. But when I think of a woman with a fish tale, I can't help but think of a woman wearing swim fins. When I swim in the lake, when we go camping, I feel like a mermaid with my big swim fins!

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    Suzanne Sheffield 6 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

    Beautiful hub. My father and his shipmates were on the aircraft carrier Ranger during WW II in the North Atlantic. His bunk was near the waterline and they could hear female voices calling them by name. He heard them calling him! He said a few guys went missing, supposedly having jumped off the ship after becoming enchanted.

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    Leaderofmany 6 years ago from Back Home in Indiana

    Very interesting, I have always been intrigued by mermaids. I think they are beautiful and graceful, even if they are not real. I like the mystery of the legends.


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