Freshwater Mermaids Captured Alive

Minneapolis -- An undergraduate research assistant at the University of Minnesota's Department of Climatology recently stumbled across a colony of unusual organisms while conducting underwater fish counts in three glacial lakes near the Boundary Waters Canoe Area. The animals were apparently living in sunken ice shanties. The student, George Ferguson, believes the creatures may have migrated from the Atlantic up the St. Lawrence Seaway and into Lake Superior, and then spread into other lakes in the region when their larvae got trapped in the bilges of local anglers' walleye boats. Continued on next slide ...Courtesy of Lakemaid Beer
Ferguson was able to attract the animals onto ice for the photographs above using a bucket full of fresh perch. "My senior thesis was going to be about the effects of global warming on walleye populations, but I'm definitely switching it now," said Ferguson. "Maybe to something about hybrid anatomy." Dr. Robert Stevens, who chairs the Climatology Department, expressed some skepticism over Ferguson's theory. "We're still not certain whether these specimens represent anything more than a standard mutation of Presca flavascens, the yellow perch," he said. "Any supposed resemblance to "mermaids," or other varieties of Germanic water spirits, is at this point little more than nonsense."Courtesy of Lakemaid Beer
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For years, ice fishermen across the Midwest have reported strange, half-fish, half-woman creatures lurking in the weeds at the bottoms of deep glacial lakes. Such sightings have never been confirmed. Until now.