It is said they trace their origins to the three water spirits of the Caribbean, “with the upper body of females and the lower body of fish”. One is calm and cool, the other is passionate and strong. And then there is Lasirn, whose personality embodies a combination and blending of her two sisters. She carried with her at all times both a comb and mirror.
Legend has it that her mirror was the gateway to her underwater world. Lasirn would capture women who ventured into the lagoons of the Caribbean, or attack vessels upon the ocean with women upon them, and take them through her mirror. Upon their return they would find that they too had become sirens of the deep, otherwise known as mermaids.
Stories say they traversed the waters of the Caribbean seeking others to join their fold. The waters in which they frequented were said by many to be “enchanted.” The logbook of Blackbeard reports that he instructed his crew to stay away from certain chartered waters which he called enchanted for fear of mermaids and sirens. Years before, Christopher Columbus, while sailing near Haiti in 1493 reported seeing three mermaids. Captain John Smith, famous for his legendary encounter with Pocahontas, claimed in 1614 that he had witnessed a “fish-tailed mermaid with round eyes, a finely-shaped nose, well-formed ears, and long, green hair.” In 1608 famed explorer Henry Hudson, wrote in his logbook: "This morning one of our companie looking over the boord saw a Mermaid,... from the Navill upward, her backe and breasts were like a woman's, her body as big as one of us; her skin very white; and long haire hanging down behind, of color black; in her going downe they saw her tayle, which was like the tayle of a porposse and speckled like a Macrell."
Pirates and merchants of the sea began to recount stories of mermaids bewitching them in order to give up their gold, silver and jewels, and drag them to the bottom of the sea. Soon it became apparent that reality and myth had begun to blur.
In the late 1600s the myth began to emerge that the mermaids would return annually on the Spring Equinox to the place they called home, Legend Cove. While it cannot be proved due to the fact the real Legend Cove has yet to be found by archaeologists, adventurers and explorers, the stories continue to persist to this day. Some even equate them to the mysteries of the Bermuda Triangle.
Join us as we dive deep into this world of sirens and mermaids, unveiling them to you and introducing you to the ones said to have called Legend Cove home.