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A mermaid is said to be buried in the sands in the area around Nunton. In 1830 some women who were gathering seaweed spotted a mermaid in the waters close to the shore.They tried in vain to catch her, but she was too clever for them. Then a young boy started throwing stones in her direction, one struck her and she disappeared from view. A few days after the sighting the tiny body of the mermaid was washed up on the beach.
Described as having the top half of a young child and the lower part of a salmon without scales, she was buried in a small specially made coffin and shawl somewhere above the highest tide mark.