As most of us know, the majority of our earth is covered in water. Did you know that 95% of our oceans are undiscovered? So what really could be down at the bottom of our deep blue? I’m sure you have seen or at least heard of the movie The Little Mermaid. Do you believe in mermaids? Or are the just a mythical creature to you? Realistically, that movie portrays a very poor understanding of what mermaids were once and still thought to be by some humans. So, what is a mermaid? A mermaid is a half human, half fish. The upper body consists of a human and from the hips down have scales and a fish tale. There is also such thing as mermen which is the same creature just featuring the top half of a males body and are usually much more wild and ugly. As group of mermaids and mermen are called merfolk. They are often confused with sirens, water nymphs, water fairies, or selkies. Commonly considered incredibly beautiful, with their scales as well. Mermaid sightings are not often heard of in our modern times, but hundreds and thousands of years ago sailors told stories of their sightings of these lovely sea-maidens. The first stories of mermaids came from Assyria, in which Atargatis turned herself into a mermaid in shame of accidently killing her loved one. Mermaids were commonly talked about with bad events featuring water, such as storms, hurricanes, floods, shipwrecks, and drownings.
Mermaids were most often considered bad luck, but some people accepted them as good creatures.