What is with the retarded theory that manatees were mistaken for mermaids?

What is with the moronic theory that manatees were mistaken for mermaids? Haven't seen a woman in years being at see doesn't make you forget what a fricking human being looks like, especially if you have other sailors around. I haven't seen or touched a woman in a decade yet I can still tell a manatee isn't a fricking mermaid.

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  1. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Mermaids at aden https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egcz52DbryI&t=4s

  2. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    If "dude they must have been manatees or dolphins" is midwit, "dude they must really be creatures with a human upper body and a fish lower body out there" is going full moron.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      >LOL, a half duck, half mole that has poisonous claws and lays eggs? That's just made up nonsense! What a moron!

  3. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    What's really moronic is that manatees and other sirenia weren't anywhere near the areas where mermaids are common in mythology.
    >Greeks: "yo dude, there are these crazy half fish ladies in the water."
    >modern historians: "You mean manatees, right?"
    >Greeks: "no, I don't know what those are"
    >Modern historians: "Dolphins then?"
    >Greeks: "no, we know what those are."
    >Modern histoirans: "Oarfish then?"
    >Greek: "no! half. fish. ladies!"
    It really speaks to how it is just assumed that anyone who wasn't born at least 100 years ago was just a fricking idiot who couldn't tell the difference between a normal animal and what they were describing.

    Sometimes things are just fictional.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Sometimes things are just fictional.
      We used to think Giant Squids were just fictional too. If stories of Krakens turned out to be real it stands to reason stuff like mermaids can be real too. They're supposed to be half human, they're smart. Pollution or the fact they know if captured they'll be raped just probably means they're smart enough to hide from us.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        They weren't another species

        They were moronic larping pagans

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          Asia has their own mermaid myths, it wasn't just some euro larp

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        I think "giant squids" can be forgiven, because "what if thing but bigger" sounds like bullshit.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Old stories of krakens didn’t look like giant squids, it likely wasn’t related and the mythical monster became a giant cephalopod later.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          It was giant octopus/squids. There are cases of squids trying to drag down kayaks. They probally used to be bolder when boats didn't' all have motors

  4. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Yea I hate these arguments about ancient peoples a lot. It feels like you could only make them if you thought people of the past we’re literal aliens or extremely moronic which is just disrespectful. And idk how any normal human takes these arguments seriously after less then 10 seconds of thought. Like really think man would YOU mistake a big blubbery animal for a human? Reminds me of the proposed explanation for Blemmyes being Bonobo monkeys. Like damn think for a second would you mistake a monkey for picrel!? So silly.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Blemmyes weren't even in Subsaharan Africa. They were described as being either in Nubia or in the Pontic Steppe.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      >Dude it was just a crocodile they thought was a dragon

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      The problem isn't that they actually thought they saw something like that but because most of these mythical creatures are actually just christian scholars finding ancient greek texts, translated from greek to pidgin christian latin.
      Not only did people have less references to build a image from but the difference in regional culture and regional dialect can make cross translation hard even for people of the same language

  5. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    It comes from West Africa, in a lot of cultures manatees share the same name as the god(ess) of water

  6. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    idk, I think people might have confused her with a manatee

  7. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >There are no Dragons, they were just bad drawings of crocodiles
    >There are no Unicorns, they were just bad drawings of antelopes or goats
    >There are no Aliens, they were just owls

  8. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    What would you do if you?

  9. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Dark nights and whatever the frick swill they are drunk off their asses on.

  10. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I genuinely have said this since I was a kid.
    If you read the actual accounts, there is no ambiguity about what they saw. It wasn't a 'shape in the water', it was an actual woman that looked human. Don't care how horny you are, the theory makes no sense.

  11. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    you have obviously never met my mother in law

  12. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Manatees tend to live in murky water, if you spot one from afar you won't really be able to tell what it looks like and it's conceivable to mistake it for a human-like figure.
    But also the myth of the mermaid existed way before the Age of Discovery, and as far as I can tell it's just a made up creature, so it's not that the first explorers saw manatees and "invented" the mermaid, but it's more so that they already had a preconceived notion of what mermaids were, while having never seen a manatee up close (because it was unknown to Europeans), and then after spotting a shadowy figure in murky water with arms and a fish tail assume that must have been a mermaid.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Makes sense. My explanation for the old myths is that mermaids are just an euphemism for b***hes. Sailor leave his wife on his country and go to distant lands but never return because he was enchanted by mermaids. In other words, dude got another woman and is living there now… or just died, that happens too.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      This, imagine you see a weird animal, and call it "that Pikachu-looking thing". People get the point that whatever new species it is, it's going to look weird, probably has light fur, and it looks kinda cute. Same with mermaids back in the day, big fish tail? Swimming by the sea in an unknown place?

      Makes sense. My explanation for the old myths is that mermaids are just an euphemism for b***hes. Sailor leave his wife on his country and go to distant lands but never return because he was enchanted by mermaids. In other words, dude got another woman and is living there now… or just died, that happens too.

      Haha, never thought of it that way, good one.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        At the start of the 16th century, Inca Garcilaso de la Vega, one of the first mestizos raised between Spanish culture and native American royalty, documented these stories. It's hard to tell if he was 100% accurate by modern historian's standards, so take them as an old man retelling his childhood experiences.

        Being able to understand locals, and their language, he was a really interesting guy who helped put lots of culture stuff in context. I can't remember which book it was, maybe Historia General del Peru, but he does mention the mermaids.

        Very early records had these claims, but some years later, people were aware of dolphins and the like. Manatees were hunted for meat, and you'd probably be laughed at if claimed them to be real mermaids.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          I remember the story went that, yeah, there were these creatures with a huge fish tail, but they were DEFINITELY not the pretty faced stuff of legends. Mannish face, beady eyes, it was a big stretch to call these uggos mermaids. It was kinda waved off as, oh well, mermaids were not that pretty after all.

          I don't know if the books have been translated or published anywhere in English, but Biblioteca Cervantes might have a digital copy. Class dismissed, have a good day anons!

  13. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    There's something about midwit thinking where they are just incapable of believing people sometimes simply make stuff up. See all the bullshit about griffons being based on protoceratops fossils, centaurs being distorted accounts of the first horse-riders, trolls being race-memories of neanderthals, dragons being crocodiles, etc.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Dogmen just being hairy indian people

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >christopher with a dogs head is not supported by the orthodox church
        Fricking contrarians

  14. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Basically, complete fricking morons exist, therefore occams razor tells us that it is far more likely that any fantastic tale is in fact the result of a fricking moron making a fricking moron mistake because that's what fricking morons do.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Ocrams razor tells us mermaids exist because that makes way more sense than anyone mistaking a manatee for a woman

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        People believe gray aliens exist, yet modern signs point to it likely being drunk dumbfricks seeing baby barn owls.

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous
  15. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Manatees are cute

  16. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    Okay time for serious question, if you were stranded on an island, which animal would you want to be there with you? And yes, I am talking about making love. For me, It's Dolphin or a Lioness.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      how the frick would you have a dolphin on an island?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        You'd get in the water, isn't that obvious? Or can't dolphis come close to the shore or something?

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          After you rape it, why would the dolphin even come back to the island?

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            The more realistic question is do you really think you could escape back to the island after the dolphin dragged you to their rape cave

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              I'm sure I can beat a dolphin in combat. I have hands and can walk on land.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            >rape it
            Doplphins want to have sex with humans more than humans. It is consensual.

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous

              They are rapers. Dolphins will consent. Humans wont

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Young female human.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >female human.
        It's over. She will kill you ans say she did it in srlf-defense as you tried to

  17. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >dude what the frick

  18. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    It was british sailors who started that since the average British woman is comparable in looks and size

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      please don't insult manatees by comparing them to british women

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      please don't insult manatees by comparing them to british women

      based

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      Nop, is colombus tripulation

  19. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    >I haven't seen or touched a woman in a decade
    I feel like this is the most interesting part of your post

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      where do you think you are? This applies to all of us.

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        I see women every day and I record them

  20. 9 months ago
    Anonymous

    I once heard on an old tv show called MANswers that it's because female manatees and human women have similar plumbing, not looks. You can only shiver your timbers for so long I suppose.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      But if you're willing to go that far, why not just bring a dog?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        dude what the frick

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          It's a legit question. Someone who will plow a manatee with all the difficulties involved will hump a cookie in the comfort of their own cabin. The myth doesn't make sense.

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            have a nice day immediately

          • 9 months ago
            Anonymous

            But if you're willing to go that far, why not just bring a dog?

            I once heard on an old tv show called MANswers that it's because female manatees and human women have similar plumbing, not looks. You can only shiver your timbers for so long I suppose.

            It reminds me of that dolphin keeper who used to mate the female dolphin and upload pictures of her aroused vegana

            • 9 months ago
              Anonymous
      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        It's a legit question. Someone who will plow a manatee with all the difficulties involved will hump a cookie in the comfort of their own cabin. The myth doesn't make sense.

        Professionals have standards

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        >OH CANADA

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        Dogs are predators, it'd be like fricking a man. Women are prey.

    • 9 months ago
      Anonymous

      How would they even know that?

      • 9 months ago
        Anonymous

        come on, man

        • 9 months ago
          Anonymous

          I think they came on the manatee actually

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