A member of the family of Nereids that inhabited the China Sea many centuries ago. This specimen having been captured in the Gulf of Tonquin, a tributary of the China Sea, off the coast of Quihoy, about five hundred miles from Hong Kong. It belongs to the species of Herbivorous Cetacea, one of the rarest inhabitants of the Sea. Herbivorous Cetacea, occasionally wandered into the more Northern Seas, and invariably caused great excitement among the seamen. In the waters of the Namaar, they were quite frequently seen by Arab and Greek seamen years ago, but they are now almost an extinct type of animal life. This specimen was purchased from the National Museum of China, through the firm of Fook Woh & Co., Importers, San Francisco, Calif., and it is said there are but few others, they being in the large Museums of Europe.
There’s not much more I can say, really. Mrs. F. C. Boving has said it all in this postcard she published.
There was one other merman I’ve heard of – he was on display at Dreamland in Coney Island (here’s a postcard from Dreamland) and sadly, he was lost in the terrible fire that burned the place to the ground.
A moment of silence, for lost mermen.