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The Merman of Mirror Lake

In the high Uintah Mountains of Utah is beautiful Mirror Lake. In addition to its wonderful fishing, Mirror Lake allegedly is called home to a mythical sea creature.

Said to resemble a well-built man above the waist and a large fish below, the legend has been around from the days when only Indians inhabited this area. When white settlers came to the valley, the Shoshone Indians inhabiting the area told of how the creature had often been spotted as they fished the mountain lake, taking their catch. Their description of the manimal sounded much like a human-sized fish.

According to the many who have spied the merman, it has a human-like head with sandy-brown hair, a beautiful mouth, and a scaled tail that it uses to move swiftly through the water.

Others have said they have seen the creature crawl up onto the beach with its front, muscular arms. Once upon the sand, it holds its head high and turning it from side to side as it looks about.

Though many believe the merman to be nothing more than a legend, there has been some scientific research made into his actual existence. Findings theorize the creature could be a descendant of early man or a sea creature from the time when Lake Bonneville covered the entirety of this great basin.

In the summer of 1911, a local citizen was said to have spotted a “young” merman on the north shore of Mirror Lake. This report evidently had some credibility as it was reported in the Salt Lake City Herald:

“This latter-day wonder is said to be about 10 in length, had what appeared to be a male chest, had male genitalia and propelled through the water by the action of its tail.”

The citizen, a fisherman, had actually set a large trap, made especially for the purpose of trying to capture one of the “beasts.” The “merman” was apparently intelligent enough to not get caught.

If the legend of the merman, itself, is not enough, another legend tells that even the mythical Pecos Bill, the “King” of tall tales, once wrested the man-ish creature, a fight that lasted for several days.

Does Mirror Lake actually hold a mythical? The debate rages on around the campfires, but in any event, an excursion to this beautiful lake, reflecting the beautiful surrounding mountains, will provide a great summer adventure.

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