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REAL Mermaid Sightings Around The World!


Legends about mermaids go back thousands of
years. From the Netherlands to South Africa, here
are ten famous mermaid sightings from around the world. 10. British Columbia, 1967 In 1967, British Columbia became a hub of
mermaid excitement when, one day, Ferry riders spotted a mermaid lounging on the shore of
Mayne Island. They claimed they saw a topless, blonde woman
with the tail of a porpoise sitting on the beach shore. Some witnesses even became very upset, as
they believed they saw the mermaid eating a raw salmon. One tourist from Iowa even managed to take
a picture. After the sighting, the mermaid was seen one
more time the following week. As the locals got swept up by the spotting
of this mysterious mermaid, the town locals began to seek any information relating to
her. The town newspaper, The Colonist, put up a
$25,000 reward for the mermaid. Arrangements were even made for the mermaid
to have room and board once she was found and successfully acclimated into the town
setting. Although many believe that the whole thing
was a charade, many still believe that what they saw was real. 9. Scotland, 1830 Mermaids are a part of Scotland’s countless
mysteries and legends. It’s not surprising, then, that there would
be many accounts of mermaid sightings. In 1830, the people of the island of Benbecula
saw a mermaid. While cutting seaweed near the shore one day,
a woman reportedly saw a miniature woman swimming in the water. Surprised by her discovery, she called many
people over to view the water dweller. Some men rushed at her in the water, either
to catch her or get a closer look, and the woman swam out of reach. Some boys threw stones at the frightened mermaid
and one struck her in the back. A few days later, the corpse of the mermaid
supposedly washed up on the shore. Like many of the other claims of mermaids,
this one was small, with pale white skin and had the tail of a fish without scales. After the discovery, the sheriff of the town
thought it only fitting that the mermaid have a proper burial. Someone constructed a coffin and the mermaid,
wrapped in a shroud, was laid to rest above the shoreline where she was found. To this day, no one knows exactly where the
mermaid was buried as no marker was left to denote the spot. 8. West Indies, 1614 John Smith, the same John Smith from Pocahontas,
reported that he saw a mermaid off the coast of West Indies in 1614. According to the story, Smith saw a woman
swimming parallel to the shore. He was captivated by the grace in which she
moved and noted that she had ears that were too long, a nose that was too short, eyes
that were too round, and green hair. He also noted that the woman was a little
attractive from the waist up. From the waist down, however, she was all
fish. Some doubt has been thrown on the veracity
of the tale of course, otherwise where would the mystery be. One source claims he wasn’t in the West
Indies but in Newfoundland. Another historian says Smith wasn’t in the
West Indies in 1614, though he was there in 1607. Potato patato in this case. The same historian suggested that Alexandre
Dumas fabricated the tale to give credence to his own mermaid story about a Frenchman
searching for a Dutchman who had four children with a mermaid. 7. Norway, 1608 In 1608, Henry Hudson explored the cold northern
waters off Norway. Written in his journal, he describes a day
when he encountered a group of mermaids. Hudson claimed a mermaid appeared in the water,
saw his crew and called up more of her mermaid sisters. He described the women as being as big as
the men in his crew, with very white skin and long dark hair. He claimed their tails looked like a dolphin’s
but were spotted like a mackerel. Hudson was thrilled that he had discovered
mermaids. What makes this case so strange is that it
occurred in the Bering Sea. Most mermaid sightings are discounted as sailors
mistaking animals, often manatees, as mermaids. However, no manatees swim the waters of the
Bering Sea. Naturalist Philip Henry Gosse, in his mid-1800s
work The Romance of Natural History, believes it to be impossible that Hudson mistook an
animal for this mermaid. He believes seasoned sailors such as Hudson
would be able to identify animals in that location easily. Gosse believes either Hudson made this entire
story up or Hudson saw something truly unique to the realm of science. We may never know. 6. Netherlands, 1430 According to legend, in the Netherlands in
1430, the dykes failed in Edam, West Friesland and the area flooded. Two girls took a little boat out to milk their
cows. As they did so, they came upon a mermaid floundering
in shallow water. They took the mermaid home, where they dressed
and fed her. She never spoke but learned how to weave and
spin. She tried to escape from the girls several
times but she was always watched carefully. After living on land for fifteen years, legend
goes that she died and, because she learned to kneel before a crucifix was buried in the
local churchyard. The story, though, doesn’t explain how a
creature with a fish’s tail was able to kneel at all or even survive on land. But it makes for a good story. 5. Indonesia, 1943 In the midst of World War II, one of the most
well-documented mermaid sightings occurred. Japanese soldiers set up a surveillance team
on the Kei Islands of Indonesia. During the time there, several members of
the team reported seeing a small humanoid figure in the water with spines on its neck
and head and a mouth like a carp. The mermaid figure often played in lagoons
and near the beach shores of the Kei Islands. Bewildered by what they saw, the soldiers
spoke to the natives and learned that the mystical mermaid-like creature was actually
a known entity called the orang ikan or “human fish.” As sightings continued, the indigenous people
invited a sergeant with the group, Mr. Taro Horiba, to see what they had caught in their
fishing nets. Upon arrival at the village, he entered the
chieftain’s home to find one of these creatures splayed out on the floor. Horiba described a small body with red-brown
hair, spines along the neck, and a humanoid face with a lipless, fish-like mouth full
of needle sharp teeth. Mr. Horiba was confused and shocked by what
he saw and urged zoologists to investigate after the war. However, no one believed any of his stories
of mermaids in the Kei Islands. 4. Dominican Republic, 1493 While on his quest to find a better route
to India, Christopher Columbus stumbled upon the Caribbean islands. In January of 1493, he recorded in his journal
that he saw three mermaids in the water. He noted that they weren’t as beautiful
as the ones depicted in paintings and that they appeared to only be human in their faces. To him and the rest of the crew it is likely
they believed that they had come face to face with the mythical creature. For those less romantic souls, in reality,
Columbus most likely saw manatees or the now extinct Stellar’s sea cows. For those who believe, maybe he really did
see mermaids, because otherwise how could a seasoned sailor mistake a chubby aquatic
animal for a half-fish woman? 3. South Africa, 2008 In 2008, a legendary mermaid called the Kaaiman
made waves in South Africa. A group of friends went camping near a river
when they heard loud splashing and banging noises. Upon further investigation, the group came
upon a woman in the water. The woman appeared to be pale white, with
long black hair. Her skin had an opalescence that made her
seem as if she was nearly glowing. The most shocking feature was seen when the
woman turned to the group: she had piercing red eyes. Another witness said the mermaid made a sorrowful
sound, like a woman crying. After a moment of chaos with the group, the
mermaid disappeared into the murky water. People of South Africa are leery of the Kaaiman,
as she is known for pulling people under and trapping them beneath the depths with the
objects you most desire. 2. Israel, 2009 In 2009, mermaid fever swept through the Israeli
town of Kiryat Yam as people in the town claimed to see a being that was part young woman and
part fish. The mermaid began making appearances at dusk,
often performing tricks for locals and tourists alike. The first local to have seen the mermaid claims
that she was sunbathing, and as he and his friends approached her, she bounded from the
sand and disappeared into the waves. They were all shocked to discover that the
sunbathing woman had no legs, but a tail instead. This one sighting was not an isolated event. As word spread about the mermaid, hundreds
of people came forward claiming they had seen the Kiryat Yam mermaid. The Kiryat Yam mermaid has become so popular,
that the town council offered a one million dollar reward for any evidence that this mysterious
creature exists. So far, the prize remains unclaimed. 1. Zimbabwe, 2012 In 2012, an irate mermaid scared construction
crews in Zimbabwe away from their work on the Gokwe and Osbourne dams. At Gokwe, machinery mysteriously broke down
and the local workmen blamed mermaids, or, as they’re referred to by locals, the mamba
muntu. At the Osbourne dam, divers went down to inspect
some pipes. They emerged vowing to never go down there
again because of the mamba muntu. The appearance of the mermaids was seen as
an ill omen. The local council, in an attempt to pursue
the continued installation of irrigation pumps, hired white workers to finish the job instead. They felt that workers who didn’t know about
the local superstitions would work no matter what went wrong. However, these workers also fled the construction
site and they vowed never to return due to the rage and harassment caused by the Zimbabwe
river mermaid. In an attempt to placate the mamba muntu,
local council members and chieftains decided to hire a healer to perform cleansing rituals. The rituals included brewing beer and slaughtering
cattle. What makes this sighting so odd is that Zimbabwe
is landlocked. Mermaids are associated with the sea but these
sightings are associated with rivers. What was causing the chaos during the construction
of the dams? If you are interested in learning more about
mermaids Animal Planet aired a series of of specials called Mermaids: The Body of Evidence
and Mermaids: The New Evidence. Many people believed these specials, one woman
going so far to say that if NOAA was lying about mermaids, they must be lying about everything
else, like climate change. The series was so successful that the Discovery
Channel produced their own series, called Mermaids. Thanks for watching! Remember to subscribe and click here for more
videos.

Reader Comments

  1. This would explain the reason that whales and dolphins behave the way that they do towards humans in the water. Perhaps they think that we are mermaids too.

  2. I started my career as a Deep Sea Diver. The job that was required was to raise a cable from the sea floor, this was done by a lifting sling, banana shaped lifting ring. It was a 6 inch pipe cut in half cut in half with pad-eyes with a chain and shackles attached The water depth was 150 feet. On relaying the story from the decompression chamber I was told that I was narked, (nitrogen narcoses) a symptom that makes one carrying out like a drunk or prone seeing things that are not there. Place was Santan on the east-an side of Borneo. I was accused of being Narked or had Nitrogen Narcosis. So I kept my mouth shut.

  3. This “Mermaid” has been created for a movie, yet they keep showing it as real. How silly people fall for it every time.

  4. The mermaid pigmentation would not be white! Name one deep sea creature that is white skinned? Of course deep creature pigment would be dark for hiding purpose, if mermaids were a real thing lol. 😂

  5. I am really amazed at how many people comment on here and think that mermaids are real or even could be real. Use your brains people FFS.

  6. Mermaid are controversial in this topic but in our place they used to call it " Super Sireyna " most of them are gay contestant 😄😁😊

  7. Many people say mermaids are real there is a 100persent thereare acually really real.But they all say it in different words

  8. I SAW THE ONE IN 2008 her name was isabella izzy. she talked with us for 7 hours 8 minutes and 9 seconds she was pretty and sexy .2009 one was cute,

  9. I Wish Mermaids Are True!.. But PLEASE! People Dont Do Anything of them,mermaids are helping us,they always care about ocean -;- and by the way, i dont think philippines have that ;-;

  10. Can y’all leave them alone tho like everything we touch either dies or we start “ testing on it “ like leave it alone !

  11. Thats why mermaids is hiding from us because mermaids know we ganna do to them they know we ganna kill them or sell them pls like if you agree

  12. I do believe it’s quite possible that someone messed with a fish and it created a human looking fish
    But.. if there are any they are mostly extinct if not already extinct
    And were or are hiding
    But pollution of our land has probably also killed them off

  13. If many water creatures look alike animal on earth, why not some creatures look alike human, as we are also animal

  14. Mermaids are real and we need them to stay AWAY from us and we need to stop pulloting these oceans other wise they won’t survive the oceans unless we stop doing this stuff! Since we all won’t stop like this and I pick a one more pice if litter! >:(

  15. Please.. i hope human can't discovered 95% ocean because i want the mermaid live in peace ❤️ human really scary they can be more scary than a monster 😱

  16. If marmaids are real then leave them alone,because humanity does not know how to live with mystery they will always destroy them with their scientific foolishness.

  17. 2:22 in this story, he thought he saw a manatee, and So did Christopher Columbus who had also claimed he had seen a mermaid. Ma’am, if I waz u, I’d record a NEW apology video for lying to all these little children out here.

  18. Listen, mermaids exist! But they’re what we call manatees. Know why they are so hideous and we haven’t actually found those pretty women with tails? Here’s your answer. They wouldn’t survive. They would need these symptoms: No hair, no nose, ONLY gills and scales instead of skin, big eyes, sharp teeth, and or rubbery skin. The only thing related would be a manatee and or an otter. Listen, we already found a sea cow and a sea dog — I think that’s enough.

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