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People From History Who Claimed To Have Encountered Mermaids (And Their Evidence)  

Genevieve Carlton
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By now, you've heard about the evidence that unicorns were real. But what about other magical creatures? Specifically, are mermaids real? For centuries, there have been tales of beautiful mermaids seducing sailors with their songs, along with disturbing stories about mermaids eating human flesh. But the evidence goes beyond stories. There is even physical mermaid proof in existence, albeit dubious. 

For centuries, eyewitnesses claimed to have seen real mermaids around the world. The sightings go all the way back to the Roman Emperor Augustus (63 BCE-14 CE). Multiple artists produced images of mermaids drawn from life. Thousands of sailors bought Jenny Hanivers, little mermaid-like creatures. Even Christopher Columbus argued that he saw three mermaids off the coast of Haiti.

When it comes to mermaid history, there is historical evidence that mermaids are real. Before you doubt the evidence, keep in mind that more than 95% of the ocean has never been explored by humans. Could mermaids be hiding in the deep sea?

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The ocean covers 71% of the Earth’s surface, and according to NOAA, more than 95% of the ocean has not been explored. Who knows what could be hiding in the depths of the sea, unseen by human eyes? Is it possible that there are mermaids lurking somewhere in the oceans?

Well, probably not. But just in case, keep in mind that they might look something like a manatee.