A lot of the stories we get here, in fact maybe all of them, people are surprised by what happens to them. How they react becomes a learning experience. Ray Bradbury had this to say about that, Living at risk is jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. So many times how we treat a situation is as important as the problem itself. Like this story sent in by Leo Benson from Los Angeles.
Hello Ron, Thank you for your show and the chance to share my strange story. I was walking on the beach a few years ago. It was pretty late at night and I was alone. Not the first time I have done this and surely won’t be last, but next time I will be a bit better prepared.
The Seas were fairly rough that night so I made sure I stayed away from the water. I was minding my own business when I heard this strange scream. As you know, sound on the beach can be a funny thing so at first I didn’t know which way to turn. So, I closed my eyes and figured out where to go. What I found was unreal. I saw a log with a net attached to it. Flapping violently was a fin. I ran over expecting to find a sea lion or some other fish trapped. What I found was quite different. It was a human, sort of, but more fish than anything. The face was smooth, but featureless. Tears, at least I think they were tears, were streaming down its face. I could feel that it was in pain and very scared. I tried to remove the netting, but it was too thick. Then I remembered that I had seen a bottle a while back and I ran back to get it. I broke it on the log and cut the creature free. Instantly it rolled away back into the water and was gone.
I just stood there for a very long time not sure I believed what just happened. I wish there was more to this story, but that’s it. Since that time I always carry a pocket knife. Just in case. – Leo Benson
Okay, that is the strangest tale I have ever heard. In folklore, mermaids were often associated with misfortune and death, luring errant sailors off course and even onto rocky shoals. I think your story adds some credibility to that fact that they just might be real. However, in this case you were not doomed to misfortune and I think you just may have a friend in the sea. Thank you for sharing!
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Well it has finally happened. For the first time in my life I got laryngitis. I am not sure how that is going to impact the podcast so we shall see. I do know that I plan to have an extra long featured story so please tune in and let’s see what happens. You can listen to this podcast on Thursday at Ron’s Amazing Stories, download it from Apple Podcasts, stream it on Stitcher Radio or on the mobile version of Spotify. Do you prefer the radio? We are heard every Thursday at 10:00 pm and Sunday Night at 11:00 PM (EST) on AMFM247.COM. Check your local listing or find the station closest to you at this link
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