Fishing up a Mermaid.
The " Glasgow Mail" is responsible for riie following :■ —W. W. Stanton, mate of (lie schooner Addie Schaeffer, now lying at the Market House Dock, Jacksonville, while fishing for bass 300 miles off St Augustine, drew his line, and found entangled therein the strangest fish, if it is a fish, that has ever been caught. This strange creature is about Bft long, pure white and scaleless. The head and face are wonderfully human m shape and feature. The shoulders are well outlined and very much resemble those of a woman, and the bosom is well defined and shows considerable development, while the hips and abdomen continue the human appearance. There are four flippers, two of which are placed afc the lower termination of the body, and give one the impi ession that Nature made an effort to supply the strange creature with lower limbs. Mr Stanton confesses to quite a fright on first sight of his queer prize, which on being drawn on board, gave utterance to a low moaning cry, which might easily hare been mistaken for the sobbing of a baby. It is exceedingly unfortunate that Mr Stanton did not succeed m keeping the creature alive, which he thinks might have been done, as the strange object lived two days after being taken. The schooner has been thronged all day by curious visitors, who express much wonder and astonishment at the strange object. Mr Stanton, after visiting several ports and showing his queer creature, will devote it to the Smithsonian Institution. The fish or mermaid is m a large six-feet glass jar m alcohol.
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Fishing up a Mermaid., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890
Fishing up a Mermaid. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2521, 18 September 1890
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