In order to keep the blog fresh, I decided to bookmark the History Channel's website and provide a link to articles in the section "This Day in History" and do some additional research myself. Today, this day in history we read about how Columbus mistakes manatees for mermaids. Mermaids are mystical creatures in the ocean dating back to ancient Greece. The closest thing that we have to mermaids are huge mammals called manatees, that are from the elephant family. They once were large in numbers but now they are consider endangered species.