Mermaids have been a persistent part of a huge variety of cultures for at least the last 3,000 years. But are these strange creatures – half-human and half-fish – entirely mythical? Is there even a grain of truth to mermaid stories – or are they instead just a collection of fishy tales? Well, read on for ten reports of mermaids from across the ages and decide what you think.
10. Christopher Columbus
In 1492 Christopher Columbus set off westward from Spain to try to find a new trade route to the riches of Asia. However, as is widely documented, his expedition ended up in the Americas. Then, the following year, Columbus reported sighting mermaids off the coast of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola.