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Images of Mermaid Body Found on Beach are Fake

by Brett M. Christensen

This story was first published on November 19th, 2014


Circulating reports feature images of a mermaid body that was supposedly found washed up on a beach. 

Brief Analysis

The mermaid is not real. The pictures depict a mermaid prop made for one of the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Some of the circulating reports attempt to enhance the story by adding images of other fake mermaids along with a photoshopped ‘mermaid skeleton’.


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Mermaid Body Beach Hoax


Detailed Analysis

Various stories circulating on the Internet feature a series of images that supposedly depict the body of a mermaid washed up on a beach. The location of the beach where the mermaid was supposedly found varies in different versions of the story.

Some say Mexico. Others say Hawaii or Egypt. 
The images depict a creature with a humanoid head and torso along with the lower body of a fish.

However, the mermaid is not real.  In fact, it is a prop from the movie Pirates of the Caribbean On Stranger Tides. Pictures of the mermaid sculptures can be seen here and here.

And, this video shows how the mermaid sculpture was made:

Some of the circulating stories attempt to embellish their claims by adding in images of other fake mermaids. These ‘extras’ include an image of a mermaid sculpture created by the artist Juan Cabana and fake mermaid skeleton images created via a Worth1000 Photoshop contest.

Importance Notice

After considerable thought and with an ache in my heart, I have decided that the time has come to close down the Hoax-Slayer website.

These days, the site does not generate enough revenue to cover expenses, and I do not have the financial resources to sustain it going forward.

Moreover, I now work long hours in a full-time and physically taxing job, so maintaining and managing the website and publishing new material has become difficult for me.

And finally, after 18 years of writing about scams and hoaxes, I feel that it is time for me to take my fingers off the keyboard and focus on other projects and pastimes.

When I first started Hoax-Slayer, I never dreamed that I would still be working on the project all these years later or that it would become such an important part of my life. It's been a fantastic and engaging experience and one that I will always treasure.

I hope that my work over the years has helped to make the Internet a little safer and thwarted the activities of at least a few scammers and malicious pranksters.

A Big Thank You

I would also like to thank all of those wonderful people who have supported the project by sharing information from the site, contributing examples of scams and hoaxes, offering suggestions, donating funds, or helping behind the scenes.

I would especially like to thank David White for his tireless contribution to the Hoax-Slayer Facebook Page over many years. David's support has been invaluable, and I can not thank him enough.

Closing Date

Hoax-Slayer will still be around for a few weeks while I wind things down. The site will go offline on May 31, 2021. While I will not be publishing any new posts, you can still access existing material on the site until the date of closure.

Thank you, one and all!

Brett Christensen,