In folklore, a mermaid is an aquatic creature with the head and upper body of a human but the tail of a fish.
Mermaids appear in the folklore of many cultures across the globe, notably in Europe, Asia, and Africa.
The male equivalent of the mermaid is referred to as a merman which is also a familiar figure in folklore and heraldry.
In as much as traditions about and sightings of mermen are less common than those of mermaids, they are generally assumed to co-exist with their female counterparts.
Meanwhile, it has not been proven whether or not mermaids nor mermen are real.
Are Mermaids Real In South Africa?
There is an absence of scientific proof to indicate that mermaids are real in South Africa. However, “The Black Mermaid Foundation” of South Africa, has raised queries on the matter.
South African freediver Zandile Ndhlovu established The Black Mermaid Foundation to get more people of color into the ocean.
Having been certified in everything from scuba diving to free diving, the 33-year-old diver became South Africa’s first Black African freediving instructor.
She calls herself the “Black Mermaid” and continues to share her responsibility to make the ocean a more inclusive place for all persons, especially in South Africa.