For many centuries, mermaids have occupied the imagination of sailors and land inhabitants.
Everyone was interested in who they are: people, animals or fish. Fortunately, on the planet there are still places where you can see their remains, and in some places – even of their living.
Cancer mummy mermaid (Fujinomiya, Japan)
The main Shrine of the Japanese temple, the mummy of a mermaid.
According to legend, in the temple of the Japanese city of Fujinomiya are the remains of the oldest known mermaids. As the story goes, this being 1400 years ago was to the local Prince, claiming that once was a common fisherman. He was cursed due to the fact that he began to fish in protected waters. Man-mermaid asked the Prince to build a temple as a reminder of his mistake. There were placed the remains of the cursed fisherman, everyone can see it.
The pond near the big bend power station (Apollo beach, Florida, USA)
Floating underwater manatee from a distance easily mistaken for a real mermaid.
It is widely believed that the myths of mermaids came about when sailors first saw manatees, or sea cows, which swam gracefully beneath the waves. Their resemblance to mermaids are striking: the front flippers resemble hands, and the back fishtail. These animals feed on algae, which, fluttering, creating the illusion of hair on the head. And rippling the surface of the water hides all the “flaws” this mermaid such as her weight. Adult animal length up to 3.5 meters, weighs from 500 pounds to half a ton.
Manatees near is easiest to see in warm waste waters of power plants in the state of Florida. Warm water creates attractive living conditions for these creatures, which in some ways can be considered a mermaid.
Fijian mermaid in the nature Museum (Grafton, Vermont, USA)
Fijian mermaid in the Museum
Pre-revolutionary Russian postcard with a picture of the Fiji mermaid.
The Fiji mermaid was known for its violent activities of Phineas Barnum, the famous showman and entrepreneur of the nineteenth century. His mermaid was a mummified creature resembling a monkey, to which is attached a fish tail. Barnum took her with an exhibition of all sorts of “weirdness” throughout the country. In his example, a “Fiji mermaid” began to appear in other places. Its name they got from the distant and mysterious (at the time) of the Fiji Islands in the Pacific ocean.
Shown in the photos classic Fiji mermaid is preserved in the Museum of nature in Vermont. Gross monster with a terrible grimace nothing like the beautiful mermaid of legend. Ugly creature bears all the signs of forgery of the nineteenth century. On the face of it a thick mustache, so most likely it’s a male.
Jane – women of the sea (island of Jeju-do, South Korea)
The divers of Jeju island.
These South Korean “mermaids” – live women who are doing underwater fishing. Long time their work was the backbone of the economy of Jeju island. The task of nirali included dive on 3-5 meters and collecting shellfish and seaweed. “Seafood” and raise to shore and sell. They appreciate Asian gourmets.
The word “Hane” means “woman of the sea”. Indeed, each of them enough of the wetsuit and goggles for diving. The most experienced Hana can work at a depth of 20 meters. In fact, these Korean women divers are somewhat similar to mythical mermaids.
Mermaids of Weeki Wachee (Weeki Wachee, Florida, USA)
“City of mermaids” in Florida – the most reliable way to see up close a sea maiden in the flesh. Since 1947 here in a giant aquarium, beautiful girls show fascinating underwater view. Below the water level set the observation window, through which you can watch bright tails floating graceful mermaids. The water is always clean and clear, because it comes from an underground source.
The Little Mermaid Statue (Copenhagen, Denmark)
The little Mermaid statue is the most recognizable symbol of Copenhagen
Looking at the famous statue in Copenhagen, it looks like it came from the depths of the sea like the little mermaid from the fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen. The monument, founded in 1913, attracts crowds of tourists from around the world. This is, without a doubt, “reference” mermaid that immediately comes to mind: beautiful girl on top with a fish tail bottom.
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