Friday, April 29, 2005

Sirens?



here's a reply from DU -- when i got a shot of their tails i totally thought about the siren myth -- it's amazing how they look from behind. almost human if humans were fish. --brook

"Manatees and dugongs belong to the scientific order Sirenia. In ancient mythology, "siren" was a term used for monsters or sea nymphs who lured sailors and their ships to treacherous rocks and shipwreck with mesmerizing songs. Throughout history, sailors sometimes thought they were seeing mermaids when they were probably seeing manatees or dugongs. With a little imagination, manatees have an uncanny resemblance to human form that could only increase after long months at sea. In fact, manatees and dugongs may have helped to perpetuate the myth of mermaids."

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