#883 Do mermaids exist? I believe they do. I have ‘proof’.

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In a previous post I introduced you to my friend Little Woo and her Follow Your Fetish series. Like me she really likes mermaids. You can read about her Mermaid Grotto here. Unlike me she actually took the effort to be like one. Read about it in her Mermaid In Training post. Me? I will just sit upon the shore and watch.

I first became interested in mermaids when I lived in Wiesbaden, Germany in the early to late ’90s. Sure I had been exposed to mermaids in fairy tales such at Peter Pan and children’s books and such but it was Lorelei just up the road that got me to thinking. The Lorelei is a rock on the eastern bank of the Rhine River near St. Goarshausen, Germany. It marks the narrowest part of the river between Switzerland and the North Sea. A very strong current and rocks below the waterline have caused many boat accidents there.

In 1801, German author Clemens Brentano composed his ballad Zu Bacharach am Rheine which told the story of an enchanting female associated with the rock. In the poem, the beautiful Lore Lay, betrayed by her sweetheart, is accused of bewitching men and causing their death. Rather than sentence her to death, the bishop consigns her to a nunnery. On the way there, accompanied by three knights, she comes to the Lorelei rock. She asks permission to climb it and view the Rhine one final time. She does so and falls to her death. In 1824, Heinrich Heine wrote one of his most famous poems, Die Lorelei. It describes Lore Lay as a sort of siren who, sitting on the cliff above the Rhine and combing her golden hair, unwittingly distracted shipmen with her beauty and song, causing them to crash on the rocks.

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The fact is strong currents and rocks below the waterline have caused many boat accidents there. A small waterfall in the area created a murmuring sound, and this combined with the special echo the rock produces to act as a sort of amplifier but all the sailors, being superstitious, attributed the misfortunes in the area to the cries of the ghost of Lore Lay.

Lore Lay is not a mermaid of course. She is more a siren. Today there is not much of a difference. These days both are generally a beautiful woman from the waist up and a fish from the waist down and are noted for their enchanting singing voices. The siren was known for her singing voice and supposedly of such beauty that sailors would forget their duties and simply stop to listen. Their ships would often crash on the rocks in the process. But the sirens were never half-woman and half-fish creatures. That form was originally of the mermaids.

The first known mermaid story appeared in Assyria caround 1000 BC. The goddess known as Atargatis, mother of Assyrian queen Semiramis, loved a mortal who worked as a shepherd. She unintentionally killed him. Ashamed, she jumped into a lake and took the form of a fish, but the waters would not conceal her divine beauty so she took the form of a mermaid — human above the waist and fish below.

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Over the years many have claimed to see mermaids. Even Christopher Columbus said he saw one. (It was probably a manatee.) In the 19th century, P. T. Barnum displayed a taxidermal hoax called the Fiji mermaid in his museum which Brenna and I later saw in San Francisco.

In 2012 and 2013 Animal Planet aired two very well put together docufictions called “Mermaids: The Body Found” and “Mermaids: The New Evidence” You should check them out. LOL!

Even though most would like to say mermaids are not real, I am pretty sure they are. After all I see them at Silverton Casino all the time swimming about in the aquarium there and occasionally she will blow me a kiss.

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Photo courtesy Silverton Casino, Las Vegas website

…and that always makes me smile.

Have you ever seen a mermaid? Share your thoughts in the comments. Would love to hear from you.

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13 thoughts on “#883 Do mermaids exist? I believe they do. I have ‘proof’.

  1. I am in mermaidland right now (in my mind, of course). I remember watching Splash with Daryl Hannah, and whether it was my age or the movie, I felt like it was really believable! Thanks to that movie, anytime we would be near water, I would imagine a mermaid living in it.

    I haven’t seen a mermaid myself. But that doesn’t mean much. I spent hours of my vacation this year in Newfoundland trying to see a whale, and apparently I was the only one who didn’t see one. I think my ability to see water inhabitants may be broken.
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  2. You’re so goofy! lol Obviously I don’t believe in such a thing and I’ve never had much of an attraction to the concept. I did watch one of those specials on Animal Planet and, well, it was enough for me to decide not to watch the second one. lol I didn’t even see the Little Mermaid movie until a couple of years ago.

    Of course I did love Darryl Hannah in Splash… hmmm… now I might have to rethink things some lol
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    • Glad you saw the program at least. Interesting how they made it seem so real. Real enough that people did not realize the program was fiction. Still, I wonder why a ‘reputable’ channel like that would do such a thing? ratings and the Mighty Dollar I suppose.
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    • The problem is if we ever were to find a mermaid the scientist would be all about examining it and disecting it and all of that. That is the sad part BUT since we are about SMILES here yes, I agree, they are beautiful and would be awesome addition to this world.
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