1830: Mermaid near Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

THINK ABOUTIT SIGHTING REPORT

Date: 1830

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Day/Night: morning

Location: Benbecula, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

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Entity Type: animal “in the form of a woman in miniature”

Entity Description: The upper part of the creature was about the size of a well-fed child of three or four years of age, with abnormally developed breasts.” The hair was long, dark, and glossy, while the skin was white, soft, and tender. The lower part of the body was like a salmon, but without scales. It was reportedly buried near the sea.

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No. of Object(s):  1

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Number of Witnesses: group

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Source: Mike Dash, Borderlands

Reported:

Summary/Description: A group of crofters in an island were cutting seaweed when one of them stumbled across an animal “in the form of a woman in miniature” on the shore. The men in the party tried and failed to capture her, but as she tried to swim to safety a boy hurled a stone that struck her in the back.

Two days later, her dead body washed up two miles from where she had been seen, and a careful examination was made of it. “The upper part of the creature was about the size of a well-fed child of three or four years of age, with abnormally developed breasts.” The hair was long, dark, and glossy, while the skin was white, soft, and tender. The lower part of the body was like a salmon, but without scales. It was reportedly buried near the sea.

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