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Mermaids in the sea

Updated on October 28, 2014

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  • Mermaids - Sea creatures with the head and torso of a woman and the tail of a fish.

Mermaids are beautiful girls with long hair who live in beautiful castles in the deepest large sea. They are legendary aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish. Sometimes they come out to the surface and then sit on the rocks and sing with their magical voices and they can be heard all the way to the mainland. Mermaids have been a popular subject of art and literature in recent centuries, such as in Hans Christian Andersen's well-known fairy tale "The Little Mermaid" (1836).

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The Little Mermaid Statue is located in the grand Copenhagen City of Denmark. The Little Mermaid Statue is a gift by the little sculptor Edward Erichsen. The Statue is a complete replica of the Mermaid. Today this Little Mermaid Statue is really one of the most beautiful and stunning statues of the world. It is very much famous among the tourists for it’s out of the ordinary sculpture and unique design.

Mermaids have long fascinated us. Humans have always wondered what it would be like to dive deep into the seas.

A popular Greek legend turned Alexander the Great's sister, Thessalonike, into a mermaid after her death, living in the Aegean. She would ask the sailors on any ship she would encounter only one question: "Is King Alexander alive?" (Greek: "Ζει ο Βασιλεύς Αλέξανδρος;"), to which the correct answer was: "He lives and reigns and conquers the world" (Greek: "Ζει και βασιλεύει και τον κόσμον κυριεύει"). This answer would please her, and she would calm the waters and bid the ship farewell. Any other answer would enrage her, and she would stir up a terrible storm, dooming the ship and every sailor on that ship.

Thessalonike the Mermaid


The first myths of mermaids may have originated around 1000 B.C. — stories tell the tale of a Syrian goddess who jumped into a lake to turn into a fish, but her great beauty could not be changed and only her bottom half transformed.

The evil-intentioned mermaid is not the only way these creatures were seen as dangerous. Some believed that even well-intentioned mermaids would cause great danger to men who believed they saw a woman drowning and would dive into the waters to save them. Other tales suggest that mermaids either forgot or didn't understand that humans could not breathe underwater, and they would pull them down into the depths of the sea, accidentally drowning them in the process.

In the modern mythology of mermaids, however, this is rarely the case. Today these beings are more likely to be seen as innocent and sweet, if not helpful in many cases to human kind. Much of the modern interpretation of mermaids can be credited to the most famous tale in all of mermaid mythology - Hans Christian Andersen's "The Little Mermaid" and the subsequent Disney movie of the same name.

Disney - The Little Mermaid

a mermaid and ship

Interesting facts about mermaids


  • Many cultures believed that these beings were immortal and had powers ranging from the ability to cure disease to granting wishes to being able to share their immortality.
  • In Warsaw, Poland the mermaid is the symbol of the city
  • Modern day view of mermaids is often mixed with sirens, who are much more aggressive and dangerous creatures.
  • In modern popular culture, there are four types of mermaids. Traditional mermaids that can only live in the sea, skin shedding mermaids that can walk on the land for the short periods of time (most common in Irish folklore), shape-shifting mermaids that can change to the human form at their wish, and entirely human form merfolk that can live on both land and sea (popularized in the Persian collection of folktales "One Thousand and One Nights").

a mermaid

Mermaids in the sea



Carried by the wind and waves
I wander through the sea, while the storm is going to meet
and a sea foam throws itself into my lap
and the clouds descend below my feet.


I don't see where I'm going,
just the old compass still leads me,
but he has long been tired
from the age, the salt and from the sea.


Tired of fighting with the wind
suddenly I saw a strange creature incomprehensible for mind
and I remembered the mermaids, with beautiful golden hair,
the beautiful myth but also delightful snare.


But am I dreaming or am I awake?
Whose song do I hear?
Is it from the wind and storm, or rampant sea
Whose voice is calling out to me?


I surrendered to their voice and song
led by the blind heart and foolish mind
I go to their palace with lowered spear,
almost without any fear.


Enchanted by the beauty and golden hair of the beautiful Mermaids,
intoxicated by their divine splendor
I awoke on the shore, stranded on the beach
Not knowing whether it was reality or a dream.

The mermaide- tempera on panel by Kristian Kikaso Režić

Dreaming of a mermaid

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      Sunkesner 23 months ago from Philippines

      What a great hub! Another great poem I discovered. The words and thoughts perfectly coincide. This poem tickles my imagination. It's really really beautiful. Congrats for this!

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      Dream Lover 2 years ago from Zagreb

      I'm glad you like it Laurie;** Jodah, once again, thank you for visiting and I hope that someday we will find the truth about this beautiful mermaids :))***

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Just came back to revisit this hub. Beautiful work Anita..I so love mermaids :)

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      Rayne123 2 years ago

      Sorry I really don't like using a cell it took me to long to edit.

      Your poem is beautiful and I also meant such (spelling error, sorry).

      I fear more the known than the unknown. It's the known that is evil.

      Once again great hub.

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      Rayne123 2 years ago

      Great hub, sugh a magical feeling. I am not sure about mermaids but then again, who knows what lies in the unknown. I love poetry and hoping to get a book done up, however I have not written one in awhile. This poem reminds me of my unicorn poem. Also believe they were the healing animal.

      Anyway your poem is quite good, you have talent. Beautiful pictures.

      Many blessings

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      Dream Lover 3 years ago from Zagreb

      thank you Laila :) I'm glad you like it Jodah ;) thank you very much Faith :*

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful and interesting hub. I have always loved reading stories about mermaids. They are enchanting. Your poem is superb!

      Voted up ++++ and away

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wonderful hub Anita, love the information, great pics and videos, and the poem tops it off. I am a true mermaid fan, been fishing for one for years...lol. I even wrote a poem "The Mermaid's Song" as well. Voted up..up..up.

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      LailaK 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      What a beautiful poem and great hub! My beliefs are a bit shaky regarding mermaids, but I do believe that they may exist. Voted up :D

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      Dream Lover 3 years ago from Zagreb

      thank you Jamie ;*

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      What a great hub! Of course I am a believer in the Mermaid, what incredible creatures they must be. Great poem! Jamie

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      Dream Lover 3 years ago from Zagreb

      thank you Amy :* I love when someone recommend me something. It must be good ;)

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      Amy Naylor 3 years ago from England

      Great hub and great poem to match, I was really enticed by this.

      I'm currently reading a relatively new fiction novel about mermaids by Jennifer Donnelly, my all time favourite author. It's called Deep Blue and is the first of four in the Waterfire Saga I believe. Check it out if you're into mermaids, it's a beautiful story.