Homomimus – “The Siren”
Height: 11 inches (in specimen cabinet)
The morning of January 5th, 1910, a fisherman off the coast of Evercomb, a small seaside town on the west coast of England – found something rather odd in his morning catch. Amongst the suffocating bodies of his trade – a striking white form caught his eye. He scooped it out and placed it on the deck. It appeared to be the upper torso of an unknown species of fish – yet he had never seen a fish that appeared to resemble the form of a human before. For one – it had arms – three fingered webbed hands, and the upper torso of a hominid. But what struck him the most was the creature’s beauty – diaphanous flesh, and alien femininity.
It held his gaze, pearlescent dead eyes seemed to tease and toy at his thoughts. He promptly dropped it, kicking it to one side. It was only then that he noticed something quite horrific. The drop had revealed subcutaneous cavities in its face – rivets of bone and muscle disguising jagged irregular teeth not unlike deep sea monstrosities. He quickly fetched a sack and placed it within, submerging the corpse in a barrel of brine.
The creature was preserved and became something of a tourist attraction. It stirred the locals into weaving fanciful tales of its origins – was this the upper torso of a fabled Mermaid? Newspapers followed the story of Patrick Neil and his mesmerizing sea beast, one of which appeared on the desk of one Doctor Merrylin six weeks later.
Merrylin promptly bought the severed corpse for an undisclosed sum, although it is recorded that Mr. Neil purchased a sizable replacement for his modest fishing boat mere days later. Doctor Merrylin – now a Lord after his father had past away, chartered a fleet of vessels to search out the true origins of this bizarre aberration.
Many miles south of the spot, Dr. Merrylin and his crew found a series of rock forms jutting out of the water. As they approached these masses, they noticed a group of animals dropping into the sea. On closer inspection, the animals appeared to be nothing more than large seals. As the evening drew close, Merrylin called off the search.
Hours later, when they had returned to shore, the captain of a different vessel dragged the 6-foot-tall doppelganger of the fisherman’s find off his boat. He slung it on the dock and spat at it. He cursed as Merrylin approached, “Damn things swarmed my boat! Killed one of my men! Looked like seals, they have these skins, see, covering them, they can disguise themselves!”
Merrylin had encountered and collected four specimens of differing Anthropomorphs, species that incorporated human characteristics as lures and defense mechanisms, yet he had never seen something so large. The species became known as Homomimus or “human mimic” and gave credence to the ancient tales of sirens at sea, effeminate beings that called to sailors with hypnotic suggestions to crash their ships against rocks. The stories appeared to be true, although a form of echo location and the creatures ability to produce high pitch frequency calls explained the so-called mesmeric powers.
Merrylin had the adult female preserved, yet he could not keep it on his estate due to the constant flurry of images that would enter his mind when near it. It was moved to the Museum of Anthropological Curiosities in New York, where it can still be seen today.
The original severed corpse remained with Merrylin, although at the far end of the house.
This is number 78 in the Merrylin Cryptid Collection.