In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature that has the upper body of a human and the tail of a fish. They are also known for their mesmerising singing voices.
Mermaids appear in the folklore tales of many cultures worldwide. One of the earliest mermaid legends appeared in Syria around 1000 BC when in ancient Assyria, the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame for accidentally killing her human lover.
Even Christopher Columbus wrote about seeing mermaids on his voyage.
Many of us have grown up with stories of mermaids in books and movies. We admire their beauty, and how they can explore the wonders of the ocean.
I will never forget my excitement when I first heard about these magical sea creatures in bedtime stories.
Their images can be found all around us in films, books, movies, and maybe even in the ocean waves if we look close enough.
Spending most of my time in and around the ocean and its residents, I now understand why these beautiful creatures captured the imagination of our ancestors…
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