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Paul Dale Roberts

The mermaid of Cornwall

March 26, 2010 | Comment icon 19 comments


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[!gad]Today, I received an unusual phone call. Here is how it went down.

X-Files Ringtone.

Paul: This is Paul.

Bill: Hi mate, my name is Bill Watts, I live in Cornwall, England.

Paul: How can I assist you Bill?

Bill: Along the beach the other day, I came upon a gorgeous woman sitting on a rock. She had long flowing reddish hair, very white skin. She looked at me and jumped back into the water and that is when I noticed that half of her body was of a fish! It was a real bugger that she jumped in.

Paul: You are saying she was a mermaid?

Bill: As true as I sit on my arse talking with you.

Paul: What day and time was this and exactly where (phone disconnects).

Bill didn't call back. The day I received this call was on March 19, 2010, Friday, I was in Border's Books when the call came in.

I can only wonder if Bill saw some other kind of creature and mistook the creature for a mermaid? Was Bill perhaps under the influence of some good Guinness Beer? Most mermaid sightings are in the North Atlantic. Some cryptozoologists theorize that people are mistaking the manatee or dugongs for mermaids. There is a problem with that theory. Dugongs are seen in the Indian Ocean, not the North Atlantic and Manatees are seen in the Gulf of Mexico, far away from the North Atlantic.

So what exactly did Bill see? Past history of mermaid sightings go as far back as 558 AD Ireland. A mermaid was drawn ashore by a fishermanís net. The mermaid was baptized by the townsfolk and soon afterward she died. She was later honored as a holy virgin and miracles were recorded at her shrine. This occurred at Teo-da-Beoc. Sightings of mermaids have been frequent from the Renaissance period to modern times.

October 29, 1811, John McIsaac saw a mermaid at Campbeltown, Scotland. With his sworn testimony, he claimed the mermaid had long flowing red hair, white skin and dove back into the water. Henry Hudson on June 15, 1608 claimed he saw a mermaid with flowing black hair, skin was white and it swam on the shipís bow side in the North Atlantic. Hudson and one other witness saw the mermaid. It is said that when mermaids sing, they are predicting an upcoming storm. It is also rumored that mermaids can bring on storms. Stories tell if you try and harm a mermaid, the mermaid will bring on a fatal storm of great proportions.

When I went to Germany, I took a luxury cruise down the Rhine River and saw the rock that the infamous and legendary Lorelei sat on, she was a siren that would lure ship captains to the rock, where they would crash their ships. Some people think that the Lorelei was a mermaid.

How can people misidentify a seal or a walrus with a mermaid? They usually describe the mermaid as having long flowing hair, white skin, womenís breasts and the bottom of a fish. Are all these people making up stories? Or are they really seeing mermaids perhaps from another watery dimension, that ever so often they pop into our reality? Bill, if you are out there reading this, give me a call back and letís finish your story.

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Comment icon #10 Posted by FootBeef 12 years ago
Well, if Bill wasn't a prak caller, I hope the government didn't nab him an interrput the call because they knew he saw what he saw.. I really hope he calls back. And why exactly would the government be interested in mermaid accounts? Is there a Pinko-Commie Mermaid conspircy that I'm not aware of? Deviated preverts seeking to corrupt our precious bodily fluids.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Universal Sight 12 years ago
Well it seems to me that there were no woman typically on the boats back then so i guess after months at sea... they would start to see breasts anywhere....even on a fish.....pretty hard up. If it were an all women crew....would the reports though time be of men-like torso's? These are all stories made up in any place is all. No facts available to prove. As we know, the human word is not a reliable source. I would have to say IF they did exist they wouldnt be human looking at all. I suspect they would look like the creature from the Black Lagoon....with legs and webbed feet or lower body such ... [More]
Comment icon #12 Posted by Sosirius 12 years ago
I live and kayak around the Cornish coast, and see alot of fishing boats and tourist boats and people fishing off the rocks. If mermaids did exist, how are they supposed to breathe air at the surface of the sea without ever being seen? I heard of many stories from people from the islands who been missing for days under water and they suddenly appear, and jus come out of the waters mentioning that their are people livin under the water, it even happened to my grandmother she went missng for three days and jus appeared out of the water saying the same. The thing that I find odd is how people wou... [More]
Comment icon #13 Posted by Smugfish 12 years ago
I heard of many stories from people from the islands who been missing for days under water and they suddenly appear, and jus come out of the waters mentioning that their are people livin under the water, it even happened to my grandmother she went missng for three days and jus appeared out of the water saying the same. The thing that I find odd is how people would rather not beleive with out any research of their own because after all of the stories I heard. people always say one thing about them and that is they have red hair and pale skin any it goes all over the world. Stop believing and le... [More]
Comment icon #14 Posted by Grimmace 12 years ago
Never quite understood how a Manatee could be mistaken for a mermaid... I mean, just how lonely are you, sailor?!?
Comment icon #15 Posted by Smugfish 12 years ago
Never quite understood how a Manatee could be mistaken for a mermaid... I mean, just how lonely are you, sailor?!? lol! Yeah, good point.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Belial 12 years ago
Well i don't know smugfish
Comment icon #17 Posted by Universal Sight 12 years ago
yea . that and the fact that most are believed to be beautiful. Somehow i dont think a half human creature living in the sea would really be that attractive.
Comment icon #18 Posted by pixiii 12 years ago
Never quite understood how a Manatee could be mistaken for a mermaid... I mean, just how lonely are you, sailor?!? LOL they must be very lonely indeed!
Comment icon #19 Posted by Rosewin 12 years ago
I heard of many stories from people from the islands who been missing for days under water and they suddenly appear, and jus come out of the waters mentioning that their are people livin under the water, it even happened to my grandmother she went missng for three days and jus appeared out of the water saying the same. The thing that I find odd is how people would rather not beleive with out any research of their own because after all of the stories I heard. people always say one thing about them and that is they have red hair and pale skin any it goes all over the world. Stop believing and le... [More]


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