People have been reporting sightings from all over the world since the beginning of time. Some may be real, others are hoaxes. I have put together a list of mermaid sightings and stamp them as either True, Perhaps or Lie
PS. I don't claim to know anything!
First Century AD, Pliny the Elder writes about Nereids – women with rough scaly bodies like fish, a mythological precursor to mermaids. (Sighted at the Nile)
(Nereids also known as the double tailed mermaid.) Pliny The elder was an author, naturalist, and natural philosopher from the roman empire. He's written a natural encyclopedia that still has credibility to this day. I'd say this sighting was-true
Fifth Century AD, Physiologus in his Bestiary describes the mermaid with the upper body of a woman and the lower of a fish, split at about the navel. The book is a study of animals and their natures and remains influential until the 18th century.
Once again a sighting from a man with biological credibility, he obviously knew that what he was seeing wasn't a fragment of his imagination. -true
13th Century, Bartholomew Angelicus in his book “De Propietatibus Rerum” described the mermaid as a femme fatale stealing sailors from their ships.
An anti-feminist who sold off his fictional books as truth. A man with a huge imagination and no credibility. He describes actual women who climb onto ships and kill it's sailors by trowing themselves with the sailors locked in their arms into the water and drown them. Assuming these women could breathe underwater and not kill themselves he said it was a sea-creature. I don't know, perhaps they are spite-filled or jealous women who can turn themselves into mermaids I don't know so to this I say- Perhaps (not)
1493, January 4, Christopher Columbus reports seeing three mermaids somewhere a playing about and jumping out of the water. He says, "They were not as beautiful as they are painted, although to some extent they have a human appearance in the face...." (Sighted near the Dominicans)
I believe this is an actual sighting. Columbus describes them as 'not as beautiful' and thus isn't on par with the beauty standards that had been set over the past hundreds of years. On the other hand, the dominicans is surrounded by Manatee living range. I don't know, I say -Perhaps (it was)
1560, Bosquez, aide to the Viceroy of Goa, performed autopsies on 7 mermaids caught by fishermen in Ceylon.
I don't know, no proof, no names, no nothing -Lie
1608, June 15, Henry Hudson, explorer and discoverer of the Hudson River, records seeing a real mermaid near Russia. He wrote in his log: Two crew members - Thomas Hilles and Robert Rayner - sighted a mermaid at 75° 7' N, and shouted at the rest of the crew to come and look. Hudson further recorded it as having a "tail of a porpoise and speckled like a mackerel." She was "looking earnestly on the men" who gathered on the side to see her. The description Hudson wrote says she was "speckled like a macrell" (mackerel) with long black hair, white skin and a woman's breasts.
Henry Hudson was a great explorer who knew the northern seas like his pocket. His crew saw her too, and the black hair/pale skin combo is a good camouflage in the waters where she's found. A man with credibility and a career that could be ruined by telling nonsense. He spoke The truth.-true
1614, John Smith sees a real mermaid off the coast of Massachusetts
This I think isn't real. The crew of the Virginia Company dreamed up many, many stories to keep people away from the new world. (Including blue men with square heads, cannibals, etc...)
No, this is a -Lie
1739, sailors of the ship Halifax caught and ate several mermaids in the East Indies. Said they tasted like veal.
I sure hope this one's false!!
1811, a farmer near Kintyre reported spotting a real mermaid washing herself and combing her hair.
Kintyre is a perfect living spot for mermaids. (low ship traffic, not that many tourists, exelent temperatures) So it could be very possible for this man to see a mermaid. -True
1830, a farm woman in the Outer Hebrides spotted a mermaid frolicking in the water. They were unable to capture her alive but did manage to kill her with a rock. The corpse was seen and described in detail by Alexander Carmichael, a well-known scholar.
As a Scholar, as well being a folklorist Alexander Carmichael knew what he saw. And was always chasing the unexplainable. He's credibility isn't in question here. -True
1842, Phineas T. Barnum displays the famous Feejee Mermaid at his American Museum on Broadway in New York City.
The feejee mermaid is an art piece by Juan Cabana. Not an actual mercreature corpse.
1857, June 4, a reliable (?) report of a real mermaid with "full breast, dark complexion and comely face" seen off the coast of Britain.
No name, no specific details of her whereabouts? I don't know, perhaps, mermaids have been spotted in Irish and British waters. -Perhaps
1947, Island of Muck, 80-year-old man reports seeing a real mermaid sitting on a lobster trap and combing her hair.
Just the standard sighting. It was an old man who saw her, so maybe his mental condition was questioned? I don't know. Island of muck is also a nice place for mermaids to live so I say;-Perhaps