Mysterious Mermaid on the Baltic

Many people are aware of Denmark’s famous little mermaid, sitting on a stone in the harbor near Copenhagen looking wistfully to the Baltic sea. It has been there since 1912 and has attracted millions of tourists.

(Copenhagen’s Little Mermaid, 1912)

Mysteriously, a new Mermaid, this time not so “little,” has surfaced from the Baltic sea, this time off the German Baltic coast at the East German resort town of Boltenhagen, situated bewteen Lübeck and Rostock, just northwest of Wismar. Follow this link for a picture of the seductive sea creature. The new mermaid appeared on this stone at Boltenhagen on the Baltic on the New Year’s Morning 2005. This is no joke: no one knows where she came from, who created her, how she got there, or any other detail with relation to her. The linked article, which contains a picture of the mermaid, is entitled “Noone Knows Where the Naked Beauty Comes From,” and notes that neither the responsible bureaucratic entities, nor the town’s mayor know anything about the appearance of the mermaid. No application was made nor permission given to place the mermaid where it is:

Ahnungslos zucken dagegen die Experten des Landratsamtes die Schultern. Sie haben weder einen Antrag bearbeitet noch den Sitzplatz in der Ostsee genehmigt.

10 Responses to Mysterious Mermaid on the Baltic

  1. Anonymous says:

    When you follow that link to the picture of the new mermaid, be warned that there might be unsavory ad bars–it is a German website, so lesser standards on that front. 

    Posted by john fowles

  2. Anonymous says:

    Aesthetically, I find the original much more pleasing (despite the clavicles on the latter). 

    Posted by J. Stapley

  3. Anonymous says:

    so, is the new mermaid sitting on the same rock as the old one is, or did someone mysteriously replaced the old one with a new one? 

    Posted by Michelle

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  5. Anonymous says:

    Er, is there something I’m not getting here? The new mermaid is clearly not a sculpture but a real woman sprayed bronze. Spoof, no? (But do you already know that and I’m just being dumb?) 

    Posted by Ronan

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  8. Anonymous says:

    Michelle: the new mermaid statue is on a different rock off the coast of Germany near a town called Boltenhagen. The old little mermaid statue is in Denmark near Copenhagen.

    Ronan: from what I had read, I thought that it is a statue that someone placed there on New Year’s Day without any official permission but that the town of Boltenhagen is going to allow it to stay despite the fact that neither the city council nor the mayor approved it. 

    Posted by john fowles

  9. Anonymous says:

    The new one is a good deal older than the old one (in terms of the age of the model). Looks almost like a poser render.


    Posted by Stephen M (Ethesis)

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