Sailors have long told the tales of spying mermaids at sea. The traditional answer is that lonely sailors out at sea, fueled by a strong desire for companionship and rum would see manatees sunning themselves on the rocks and imagine them to be beautiful women.
To be clear, they saw this:
I’d like to think that there’s not enough rum in the world to take me there, but… well… never mind!
Enter Florida fisherman, Alvin McCallister, 72, who was rescued from a small, rocky islet 200 miles off coast. He was shipwrecked a couple of weeks ago and showed incredible courage and capability by surviving off what he could eat in the area, which was seagulls, mussels, and urchins. He also says that during this ordeal, he suffered further when he was sexually violated by mermaids.
Doctors suggest that this was a hallucination brought on by toxins in the animals he ate. The physical symptoms he exhibits they suggest were self-inflicted. I wasn’t there. I don’t know. It is a bizarre experience and, whether all in his head or somehow more real, terrifying.
The full story is available for you to read, but, as always, I paraphrase from Shakespeare “There are more things in heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”