The Sea LadyH. G. Wells
For the fashionable and affluent Randolph Buntings, it was just another day at the beach - that was until Fred spotted a mysterious lady in a red dress and Phrygian bathing-cap getting into difficulties far out at sea.
Embarking on a brave and daring rescue attempt, Fred waded in and brought her safely to shore. The family applauded warmly - after all not every day had such excitement.
It was only later that they spotted that this lady wasn't quite "normal" - in fact, to be precise, she had a tail. For it seemed the Randolph Buntings had been visited by a mermaid.
Herbert George Wells (1866–1946) was an English writer. He is best known for his science fiction novels The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man, The First Men in the Moon and The Island of Dr Moreau.