Tales of mermaids date back to the first written accounts of humanity, but how much do we know about the mythical sea creatures?
So, what is a mermaid? A mermaid is a mythical sea-dwelling creature, often described as having the head and body of a woman and a fish’s tail below the waist.
Stories of mermaids have existed for thousands of years and span cultures across the world – from coastal settlements in Ireland to the landlocked Karoo desert in South Africa. The English word mermaid is a compound of “mere” (Old English for sea) and “maid” (a girl or young woman). Read more >