One of the earliest legends of a mermaid was of a goddess who dove into a lake to become a mermaid:
also, from the same page:
Whether this is a hoax or not, only the original poster knows for sure. We all have our suspicions when somebody claims something and then can't provide the tangible proof that we ourselves would like to see.
If you read the guidelines, you will see that we welcome all viewpoints here, and that anybody who posts them should rightfully know that they are going to be scrutinized as we try to move forward in the field. The overall integrity of Ghostvillage remains in tact. If this is truly a hoax, then it's because of places like Ghostvillage, that people can educate themselves on how to spot the difference between a hoax and something real. If we insisted on tangible proof before anybody believed anything, a lot of personal encounters would be under scrutiny, as would psychic readings.