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Biological type: Half-man half-fish
Place of origin: Earth
Notable individuals: Amfetriti, Nereus, Galliteya
First seen in: Guests of King Neptune
You may be looking for the ship named Mermaid.

Mermen were a race of aquatic beings that lived in the seas of Earth.

Biology Edit

Mermen had a fish's tails from the waist down. Their top half appeared human. They had a second set of inner eyelids. Mermen were unable to breath for long periods on land. (AUDIO: Cryptobiosis)

History Edit

King Neptune had mermaid servants. (COMIC: Guests of King Neptune)

Graham Stevens claimed that a mermaid rescued his grandfather from the Marie Celeste. (PROSE: Cat's Cradle: Witch Mark)

The Mermen attempted to stay unnoticed by the humans on the surface. Two Mermaids were captured in fishing nets and taken by De Requin to be sold.

Amfetriti, one of the two, died. Her daughter Galliteya, the other captive, was looked after by Peri Brown. Nereus led his people aboard the Lankester where they killed De Requin. Galliteya was returned to them. Nereus promised help for the crew who had jumped overboard. (AUDIO: Cryptobiosis)

In the 20th century Bea Nelson-Stanley and Edgar Nelson-Stanley saw mermaids leaping with dolphins. (PROSE: Eye of the Gorgon)

Myth Edit

Mermen were also creatures of myth in Earth culture. Mermaids existed in the Land of Fiction, some whom were converted into Cybermen. (AUDIO: Legend of the Cybermen) Albert C. Richardson sarcastically asked if Barbara Wright was a mermaid that had lost her tail. (TV: The Chase) The Eleventh Doctor called an alien doctor who stalked the Fancy a mermaid as she had the appearance of siren. (TV: The Curse of the Black Spot) The Meron, a race native to Gorgol XIII, were also merfolk. (TV: Liberation)

Victorian showmen used to draw the crowds by taking the skull of a cat, glueing it to a fish and calling it a mermaid. The Ninth Doctor compared the Slitheen's Space Pig with this trick while explaining the Space Pig's true nature to Toshiko Sato. (TV: Aliens of London)

Behind the scenes Edit

The Dax featured in the Decide Your Destiny book, The Corinthian Project, were compared to mermen, but given that their story had multiple endings, it's difficult to assert with certainty much about them.

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