Jersey Mermaid

Posted by: Loren Coleman on August 26th, 2007

August 10 – The people of Tom’s River, N.J., are just now having a little sensation – it being nothing less than the capture of a veritable mermaid or at least a water animal strongly resembling that poetic species of fish. Two fishermen, while pursuing their vocation a few days ago in the Inlet, effected the capture after a violent struggle. At seeing the animal its captors became hugely frightened, and took to their heels. After a while they mustered up sufficient courage to return and look at their prize. In appearance it more resembled a human being than a fish, having a face frightfully like that of a man or woman, with body and breasts exactly resembling the latter. The lower part terminated in a fish tail. The fishermen, after looking at the monster, became so superstitious, that they threw it back into the sea. It’s a pity they did not preserve it.“Mermaid found in New Jersey,” Port Jervis Evening Gazette, Port Jervis, New York, August 10, 1869.

Thanks for this historical item from

Jerome Clark.

Loren Coleman About Loren Coleman
Loren Coleman is one of the world’s leading cryptozoologists, some say “the” leading living cryptozoologist. 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. He returned as an infrequent contributor beginning Halloween week of 2015. Coleman is the founder in 2003, and current director of the International Cryptozoology Museum in Portland, Maine.

5 Responses to “Jersey Mermaid”

  1. Bob Michaels responds:

    No such creature as a Mermaid, A Manatee yes, it could come up along the coast from Florida

  2. Benjamin Radford responds:

    One must remember to take old newspaper accounts with a grain of salt… there were many newspaper hoaxes in the 1800s, designed to attract readers. In my lake monster research, I found that newspaper accounts before about 1900 were often very outlandish and incredible (that is, “not credible”)!

  3. Tengu responds:

    Most mermaids round here have legs…

    Sounds like a manatee.

  4. mauka responds:

    Humm, which would the lot of us rather discover a mermaid, or Bigfoot. I vote… uh.

  5. shumway10973 responds:

    Let’s just hope that (if real) it was just a mermaid and not a siren or any other of the dark mer-creatures that lurk in the scary stories of ancient sailors.

    oh, and I would have to vote big foot

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