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Reconsidering Mermaids

Posted by: Loren Coleman on January 22nd, 2006

Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. Often it’s merely a good line drawing.

Cryptozoologist Mark A. Hall passes along a delightful “editorial cartoon” for our consideration in rethinking some issues and comments involved in Merbeing theorizing and debunking. Enjoy!

Manatee Mermaids

Please click on the image for the full-size cartoon.

Thanks to Mia B. Smith, Permissions Coordinator at American Scientist, who informs me the copyright for this cartoon is Bill Long, 2005.

About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading. Certainly, he is acknowledged as the current living American researcher and writer who has most popularized cryptozoology in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Starting his fieldwork and investigations in 1960, after traveling and trekking extensively in pursuit of cryptozoological mysteries, Coleman began writing to share his experiences in 1969. An honorary member of Ivan T. Sanderson’s Society for the Investigation of the Unexplained in the 1970s, Coleman has been bestowed with similar honorary memberships of the North Idaho College Cryptozoology Club in 1983, and in subsequent years, that of the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club, CryptoSafari International, and other international organizations. He was also a Life Member and Benefactor of the International Society of Cryptozoology (now-defunct). Loren Coleman’s daily blog, as a member of the Cryptomundo Team, served as an ongoing avenue of communication for the ever-growing body of cryptozoo news from 2005 through 2013.


12 Responses to “Reconsidering Mermaids”

  1. fuzzy responds:

    OBSERVATION: The tail depicted on this manatee reminds me of the tail on the carving of the Emela-Ntouka, Elephant Killer in Loren’s earlier post!

  2. texasgirl responds:

    haha, thats pretty funny!

  3. CryptoInformant responds:

    There are very few people whose faces resemble that of a manatee, even fewer of them female, and none of those have ever been soberly considered “beautiful”.

    Still a funny cartoon.

  4. CryptoInformant responds:

    Gee….. I hope that bald sailor isn’t a female!

  5. Stosh responds:

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, no matter how ugly they all are :)

  6. CryptoInformant responds:

    Whew….It’s a guy, but they’re still ugly.

  7. CryptoInformant responds:

    Stosh-

    Yeah, okay…but this situation is kinda a sssssssssssssssssssssttttttttttttttttttrrrrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeettttttttttccccccccccccchhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  8. Lesley responds:

    Those guys had been out at sea for way too long.

  9. Benjamin Radford responds:

    Ha! I love it! It seems like in the stories the lovely mermaids are always attracting the sailors-—but what if the mermaids are hot but the sailors aren’t exactly Brad Pitt?

  10. cary charles responds:

    I wonder if the ancient account of mermaids were refering to Oannanes and his race from the Sirius system

  11. CryptoInformant responds:

    Hey, maybe manatees were the first to come up with “hair metal”, or heavy metal music played by people with long hair!

  12. CryptoInformant responds:

    Ben Radford- May explain why you don’t see mermaids too often; they remember the sailors of the early 1700′s!



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