|Largemouth Bass Mermaid|
The largemouth bass is actually a sunfish. They are found from Southern Canada to Mexico, but have been introduced to waters worldwide. Bass can tell time, or at least they are sensitive to light, so they tend to be the most active early and late in the day. Bass will generally feed on anything smaller than themselves. Frogs, bugs, crayfish. Bass can live up to twenty years in the wild, but do less well in captivity, averaging a life span of about 15 years. The largest bass ever caught was 25 pounds.
Greek mythology contains stories of the god Triton, the merman messenger of the sea, and several modern religions, including Hinduism and Candomblé (an Afro-Brazilian belief), worship mermaid goddesses to this day. In folklore, mermaids were often associated with bad luck and misfortune. They lured errant sailors off course and even onto rocky shoals, much like their cousins, the sirens — beautiful, alluring half-bird, half-women who dwelled near rocky cliffs and sung to passing sailors. The sirens would enchant men to steer their ships toward the singing — and the dangerous rocks that were sure to sink them. Homer's "Odyssey," written around 800 B.C., tells tales of the brave Ulysses, whose naked ears were tortured by the sweet sounds of the sirens. In other legends — from Scotland and Wales, for example — mermaids befriended, and even married, humans. -From livescience
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