PHOTOS OF A MERMAID!
Of Half-Woman Half-Fish Dazzles Tourists In Hawaii!
by Ann Victoria/Weekly World News
HAWAII - For more than 50 years, people have reported seeing a mermaid
off the coast of Hawaii's Big Island. But the sightings were never
taken seriously -- until a dive-boat captain finally captured the
half-woman, half-fish on film!
master Jeff Leicher, 43, photographed the creature known as the
"Kaiwi Point Mermaid" on April 12, 1998, as he and six other divers
were exploring the ocean bottom about 20 minutes off Hawaii's sunny
points to the spot where
he photographed the mermaid.
"I'd heard about her before," says Leicher,
who operates Jack's Diving Locker. "Most of us who are out in these
waters regularly have heard stories. But I'd never seen her until
were on our way out to the point when a school of dolphins started
following the boat, playing in our wake. Suddenly one of the men
on the port side starts yelling and pointing.
couldn't believe what I saw. There, not 10 feet from the bow, was
what looked like a nude woman.
had long flowing hair and one of the most beautiful faces I've ever
Image of mermaid was captured on film as she swam
above divers exploring the ocean bottom on April 12.
Photo ©1998 Jeff Leicher
there's no way a human being could be swimming so fast. She was
keeping right up with the dolphins.
she leapt into the air and my heart almost gave out on me. The entire
lower half of her was covered with scales and tapered back into
a huge fish tail."
jumped once more, then disappeared under the surface."
10 people on the boat witnessed the bizarre incident. But there
was another incredible surprise still ahead.
an hour later we arrived at the point and we were diving. I was
photographing some colorful fish with my underwater camera.
I felt something brush against my right leg. She shot by me like
a streak of lightning, then turned and came back past me, swimming
the other way. I just aimed the camera and started snapping pictures.
kept shooting as she broke for the surface and swam away."
World News had Leicher's pictures analyzed by three noted photography
labs. All three say the photos are genuine and have not been tampered
The photos of the Kaiwi Point mermaid have
been studied and authenticated by experts.
©1998 Jeff Leicher
"I feel very lucky that I'm the one to finally prove
to the world what people here have known for half a century," says
Kaiwi Point Mermaid is real."