Mermaid Search

This is from The Observer of August 1812:

“Mr J. Toupin, while on a sailing expedition last week, with a party of ladies and gentlemen, about a mile from Exmouth Bay, discovered n the water an animal resembling the description given of he Mermaid. One of the boatmen threw it some pieces of boiled fish, which it took and ate with apparent relish, and which induced it to remain for some time within a short distance. A medical gentleman offered a reward of £20 for taking this extraordinary animal; in consequence of which all he fishermen in the vicinity are busily preparing to ensnare it.”

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