About 10 miles north of Maceió in Brazil is a section of beach called Praia de Sereia (Memaid Beach). This unusual mermaid statue is located on a small reef just off the shore. map
At times the reef is completely submerged, and at low tide it is accessible on foot.
There is a much rougher and probably much older mermaid statue of wood a few miles south of this location.
Whether the beach is named after the mermaid statue or whether there is an earlier inspiration for naming the beach after a mermaid is unknown at this point. If you know of any stories or legends relating to this, please let me know.
The beach and the mermaid statue are both popular with tourists.
More information and images on this mermaid are found on this mermaid statue page.
These statues join the list of mermaid statues in Brazil, which already includes:
The replica of Denmark’s The Little Mermaid in Brasilia, at Brazil’s Navy Headquarters, donated by friends in Denmark in appreciation of the Brazilian navy courtesies when visiting Denmark.
There is also a mermaid monument on another beach near Espirito Santo in the south of Brazil. This beach is also called Praia de Sereia. There just has to be some history behind these mermaid beaches…
Finally there is a much more modern and abstract mermaid statue at the top of Sugar Loaf Mountain in Rio de Janeiro.