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17 Mermaids Found On Beach and caught on tape. Real life sightings and evidence of hoaxes.
The Tsunami Mermaid
In 2005 this image started to show up in people's in boxes along with the claim “Mermaid Found at Marina Beach After Tsunami.”
The claim was the mermaid was washed ashore during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

The Bloomsbury Mermaid
There's not much information about this mermaid except for a newspaper quote found in the book Animal Fakes and Frauds by Peter Dance (1976)

The Fiji Mermaid
This is by far one of the most famous mermaid hoaxes of all time.
It was July of 1842 when an English man by the name of “Dr. J. Griffin”from the British Lyceum of Natural History brought to New York a real mermaid that he claimed to have captured near the Fiji islands.
Noted showman P.T. Barnum began to advertise the exhibit using images of beautiful half-naked mermaids.

The Mermaids of Artist Juan Cabana
In 2006 this mermaid washed up on the shores of Fort Desoto Beach in St. Petersburg Florida.
And then in Mexico, South Africa, the Philippines, this was one busy dead mermaid.

The Malaysian Mermaid
In 2006 hundreds of visitors crammed into a small hall at the Museum Sultan Alam Shah in Malaysia to see a real life remains of a mummified mermaid.

The owner of the mummy Safuan Abu Bakar claimed that it took months and the help of a group of mediums (bomoh) to find the mermaid.

The Papua New Guinea Mermaid
In 2014 a crew of fisherman ran their ship aground off the coast of New Zealand's South Island.
The crew of 7 were on the beach when they discovered what they thought was a human female corpse.
They soon realized they had the skeleton of a mermaid.

The Hull Mermaid
The story behind this little creature is that it was acquirred sometime in the early 19th century by Sir Alister Hardy, a noted marine biologist.
You can find it sitting in a cabinet at the Hull Maritime Museum in England. It is reportedly made out of monkey skin, a fish tail and teeth that were carved out of ivory.

The Buxton Mermaid
In 2012 while working at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery, Anita Hollinshead found what looked like on first glance, the mummified remains of a mermaid.

The Bulgarian Mermaid Skeleton
The claim is that the ancient skeleton of a mermaid was unearthed in Bulgaria. The skeleton was found near Sozopol Beach by a professor Dimitrov and was supposed to have predated a flood that occurred some 8,000 years ago.

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The Japanese Mermaids
The oldest known of the Japanese mermaid specimens is said to be 1,400 years old.
At 170cm tall it is also the largest known mermaid mummy.

The Kilauea Mermaid, also known as The Bulgarian River Fish
This mermaid either washed up on the beaches of Kilauea falls in Hawaii, or was found on the shores of the River Vladaya in Bulgaria.
it was proven to be just some really well done movie props created by Award Winning Special effects makeup artist Joel Harlow for the 2011 movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.

Animal Planet's Mockumentary Mermaids: The body Found
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