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New scans reveal what lies inside gruesome 'Fiji Mermaid'

By T.K. Randall
October 26, 2023 · Comment icon 15 comments
Museum exhibit of the Fiji Mermaid.
Fiji Mermaids have proven popular museum attractions for years. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Wellcome Images
An infamous 'creature' made from an amalgamation of other animals has been subjected to X-ray and CT scans.
While it might be referred to as a 'mermaid', this grotesque-looking beast is about as far from the beautiful sirens of mythology as it is possible to get - a chimerical aberration that has cropped up time and again ever since the original was first displayed at Barnum's American Museum in 1842.

This particular specimen, which was brought back from Japan by an American sailor, was later donated to the Clark County Historical Society in Springfield, Ohio in 1906.

Fast-forward over 115 years and now CT scans and X-rays have finally revealed exactly what manner of creature (or creatures) this grotesque abomination is actually comprised of.
It turns out that it is in fact part fish, part monkey and part reptile.

"There's the head and torso of a monkey, the hands seem to be that of an amphibian almost like an alligator, crocodile or lizard of some sort," said radiologist Joseph Cress of Northern Kentucky University.

"And then there's that tail of a fish - again, species unknown. It is obviously fashioned, almost Frankensteined together - so I want to know what parts were pulled together."

Source: Mail Online | Comments (15)

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Comment icon #6 Posted by Alchopwn 8 months ago
I think we need a number of DNA samples from at least the top and bottom of the FeeJee Mermaid. On the other hand (and I wanna point this out to all the total skeptics out there) the British Museum and other institutions for the longest time considered the remains of the Platypus they had received from the Australian continent to be clever fake taxidermy, and classified the Platypus as a fraud or a cryptid.  For this and other reasons, the Platypus is my all-time favorite animal.  The take away point is that the best qualified people in recognized institutions with all the trappings, with ac... [More]
Comment icon #7 Posted by Eldorado 8 months ago
I thought that myself but..... "On Oct. 13 in the Health Innovation Center’s radiology lab, NKU students performed scans on a mermaid."
Comment icon #8 Posted by josellama2000 8 months ago
I though the same, after hearing the scientist's talk and mannerisms. The funny thing is that it does not matter how much people try to make something to look into something else, it will look like a chimera.  
Comment icon #9 Posted by joseraul 8 months ago
I bet it would have been tasty.
Comment icon #10 Posted by Trelane 8 months ago
Oh no, it was hoax after all??? How shocking.
Comment icon #11 Posted by Occupational Hubris 8 months ago
so it's not a real mermaid? 
Comment icon #12 Posted by DieChecker 8 months ago
Doubtless there is likely a number of Mexican mummy experts who will say it's all of one piece. No one can put together mummies to fool them.
Comment icon #13 Posted by openozy 8 months ago
A male.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Jon the frog 7 months ago
Make me think of that one too...  
Comment icon #15 Posted by Resume 7 months ago
Yet some people require a DNA blast from a side-show gaff.

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