The First Mermaid Was A Merman

The Babylonian god of the sea, Ea, is the first known mermaid to have been referenced in history—technically a merman. Some 4,000 years ago, Ea's top half is that of a bearded man and his bottom half is that of a fish. He is represented in seals and sculptures from this time.

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Key Facts In This Video

  1. History's first known mermaid was a man. 00:46

  2. Christopher Columbus thought he discovered mermaids by the present-day capital of the Dominican Republic. 01:08

  3. Maritime experts believe sailors mistook manatees and dugongs for mermaids. 02:14

Written by Curiosity Staff September 24, 2015

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