Information on whether it is alive or dead comes from a variety of places, mainly in Java and British Columbia. There were two Canadians reporting from Vancouver and Victoria, one of them circa 1870 and 1890, the second being from 1967. In 1614, British explorer John Smith saw off Newfoundland in Great. Atlantic a female mermaid with long blue hair.
Earlier in 1493, Italian navigator Christopher Columbus also saw a mermaid near what is now the Dominican Republic. In Columbus’s diary, mermaids are seen floating on the surface of the sea but not as pretty as one would describe them and have a male-like face.