Fictional Character
State of Jefferson
POD: Pre-history;
Relevant POD: 1919
Appearance(s): "Something Fishy"
Type of Appearance: Direct
Nationality: United States
Species: Merfolk
Date of Birth: 20th century
Occupation: Politician, Fisherman
Political Office(s): Chief of the Squid Clan

Ishmael (real name unpronounceable by hominids) was the chief of the Squid Clan, a Merfolk group off the Jefferson coast. In 1980, Governor Bill Williamson came to meet with him, for the purpose of mediating a fishing rights agreement with the Karuk Indians. As merfolk could not make hominid speech sounds, Ishmael communicated by writing on a slate board with a grease pencil. His first statement to Governor Williamson was "Call me Ishmael", which Williamson found somewhat humorous.

As the head of the Squid Clan, Ishmael was authorized to speak for all the merfolk in the area. He was joined by a mermaid who called herself Ethel. Ethel informed Williamson that the foreign factory boats were no longer off shore. While the two agreed that the merfolk would ease up on taking salmon for the time being, they both also acknowledged that they'd be nomadic but for the salmon at the mouth of the Klamath. Consequently, the Karuks also agreed to limit their salmon fishing as well. Further, Ishmael demanded that the Karuk who used boats refrain from attacking the merfolk directly, as the merfolk had close ties with the United States Navy SEALS.[1]