Depending on the origin of the story or myth. In Britain, Mermaids were noted in British folklore as both ominous, foretelling disaster, and provoking it. Several variants of the ballad Sir Patrick Spens depict a mermaid speaking to the doomed ships; in some, she tells them they will never see land again, and in others, she claims they are near shore, which they are wise enough to know means the same thing. They can also be a sign of rough weather. On occasion, mermaids could be more beneficient, giving humans means of cure.
In the Near East, mermaids in stories would sometimes sing to sailors and enchant them, distracting them from their work and causing them to walk off the deck or cause shipwrecks. Other stories would have them squeeze the life out of drowning men while trying to rescue them. They are also said to take them down to their underwater kingdoms. Mermaid it is said that they forget that humans cannot breathe underwater, while others say they drown men out of spite.
So actually, mermaids in British lore are an omen of catastrophe, In the Near East, they are magical, and somewhat lacking in knowledged that they accidentally drown people they are trying to save. To answer your question, NO THEY ARE NOT VICIOUS NOR EVIL. Safe?
well nobody knows because these are all a myth.
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