If you ask Christopher Columbus, yes they sure are.
Let’s just say that 1493 was a confusing time for Chris. He’d just taken three ships across the Atlantic with the goal of finding a western trade route to Asia and ended up finding the Americas instead. He probably wanted to keep this discovery streak going, and when he finally saw the mythical half-female, half-fish creatures off the coast of the Dominican Republic, he was pretty stoked to tell everyone about it.
He complained that the mermaids were “not half as beautiful as they are painted,” which was probably as disappointing for him as it was accurate, as he was actually looking at manatees, slow-moving aquatic mammals with human-like eyes, bulbous faces, and paddle-like tails. Cue manatees everywhere wanting to be part of our world.
Mermaid Lawn Sculpture | $180.00