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Often in stories, they fail to thrive if brought onto land.
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The exception to this is the Merrow who sometimes marry humans. Mermaids live for a very long time but, according to some legends, do not have a soul. Legends of half-human, half-fish creatures go back thousands of years. Everyone has seen pictures of mermaids. Sightings were made by the early Arabs and the Greek Pliny in A. Many medieval sailors claimed to have seen them and such reports continued right into the 's.
Most sightings by sailors were probably normal marine creatures, such as manatees, dugongs, or sea-cows now extinct. These appear to cradle their young much as a human would carry a baby.
It is possible that sailors, seeing these unfamiliar beasts, would assume that they had stumbled across some sort of humanoid species. Mermaids described by the famous explorer, Christopher Columbus, were almost certainly manatees. He reported seeing three mermaids in the ocean off Haiti, in January of He said they "came quite high out of the water", but were "not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men.
The Sirens were sea-nymphs who had the power to charm by their song all who heard them, so that the unhappy mariners were irresistibly impelled to cast themselves into the sea to their destruction. The Sirens were first mentioned in Homer's Odyssey. This may have shaped the portrayal of mermaids from medieval times onwards.
The modern view of mermaids has also been influenced by Hans Christian Andersen's fairytale, The Little Mermaid, written in It seems it would depend on which story you read. However, based on the evidence, you would need to be very careful if you ever encountered one. In British folklore they can be bringers of bad fortune, capable of causing storms and killing humans.
Some of the bad things that mermaids are accused of include telling sailors their ship is doomed and enchanting sailors and causing shipwrecks.
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Seeing a mermaid is a sure sign of a violent storm to come. In other stories, they deliberately drag people down in the water and squeeze the life out of drowning men. They also take men down to their underwater kingdoms. However, on occasions, mermaids can also bring good fortune by giving humans cures or granting them wishes. In some tales, they even marry and live with humans. For example, the Merrow of Ireland and Scotland.
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These mermaids are beautiful, gentle, modest and kind. They wear a red cap and, if this is captured and hidden from them, they will shed their skins and stay on land.
However, most times they eventually retrieve the cap and return to the sea. They also lure young men to follow them beneath the waves. Here they live in an enchanted state.
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Merrow music is often heard coming from beneath the waves. The Lizard in Cornwall is a high plateau surrounded by the sea, with numerous hidden little coves and beaches, just the sort of area for mermaid stories. Many Cornish people, particularly sailors, have claimed to have seen or heard a mermaid and belief in them was once widespread. There are many stories of mermaids seen on the rocks and of mermaids sitting weeping and wailing on the shore.
The mermaids in Cornish stories possess many of the features of mermaids the world over.