Monday 14 April 2014


On This Day in Weird, April 14...

1814: The schoolmaster of Rathven, Scotland, reports that two fishermen observed a merman off the coast of Buckie. According to the Aberdeen Chronicle, "His countenance was swarthy, his hair short and curled, of a colour between a green and a grey: he had small eyes, a flat nose, his mouth was large, and his arms of an extraordinary length. Above the waist, he was shaped like a man, but as the water was clear my informants could perceive that from the waist downwards, his body tapered considerably or, as they expressed it, like a large fish without scales but could not see the extremity." As they watched, a female creature with prominent breasts and shoulder-length hair swam up to join her mate, before both sank and vanished. 

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