Tuesday, February 2, 2010
Mermaid Sighting 1493
According to most scholars, what Columbus saw was likely manatee, dugongs or Steller's sea cows (which became extinct by the 1760s due to over-hunting.) In fact, people back to Lt. Fletcher Bassett in 1885 have suggested that what Columbus saw in 1493 “were probably manatee or dugongs.”
Personally, I say a manatee in no way looks like a mermaid.