Mermaids are legendary water creatures that can be darlings or evil killers. It depends on what tales you read about them. Put on your scuba gear or get on a ship and read about these eight facts about the mermaid.
- A mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and trunk of a woman but a tail of a fish.
- Ancient Assyria shared one of the earliest stories about mermaids. The story goes that the goddess Atargatis turned herself into a mermaid after the death of her human lover.
- The U.S. National Ocean Service declared that in 2012, there is no evidence of mermaids. (Who would have thought?)
- Explorer Christopher Columbus believed that he saw mermaids while sailing. He wasn't the only explorer either that believed on seeing mermaids.
- Like sirens, mermaids like to lead sailors to their doom.
- Scandinavian folklore tells a nicer side to the mermaid, they are good and like to sit on their rock and comb their golden hair.
- Like the Scandinavian folklore, mermaids aren't always leading others to their own doom they do warn sailors about storms and other mishaps.
- They can foretell the future.
So those were some facts about the mermaid, the creature that many sailors throughout history have claimed to have seen!