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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History's first known mermaid was a man. (0:46)
Christopher Columbus thought he discovered mermaids by the present-day capital of the Dominican Republic. (1:08)
Maritime experts believe sailors mistook manatees and dugongs for mermaids. (2:14)