Mermaids

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Area(s) Reported: Oceans of the World
Date(s) Reported: Ancient Times to Present

When Europeans started to really sail out to sea, they also started to report the strangest thing... spotting creatures that had the upper half of a human female, and the lower half of a fish! Called "mermaids," stories often described them as temptresses looking to drown sailors... but actual reports describe them as shy creatures that actively avoid humans.
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