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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

THE CANVEY ISLAND MERMAID





This story was a real cause celebre nearly sixty years ago, but this is the first time that I had ever seen the photograph in question.

How could anyone have thought that this was anything other than an angler fish? Perhaps the tjhing that I often bemoan - how our increasingly sedentry and housebound society is ever more divorced from the reality of the natural world isn't quite as modern a phenomenon as I had supposed.

Thank you to Andrew Gable, author of our forthcoming book about the mystery animals of Pennsylvania for sending me the cuttings.

And I suppose this had to be done:


1 comment:

Dale Drinnon said...

It just so happemns that Andrew Gable is a friend of mine on Facebook and I already have a related blog posted, but Jon is going to put the link to it up tomorrow. So we are slightly out of synch with that.

Best Wishes, Dale D.