Friday, June 03, 2016

Monkey-fish mermaids or Feejee mermaids

Monkey-fish mermaids or Feejee mermaids were said to be made from the torso of a monkey and the tail of a fish. They were brought back from the Far East by sailors and often displayed by showmen who would charge punters to see a genuine mermaid. One of these creatures resides at the Buxton Museum and Art Gallery. A board member and Museum Development Officer researching the Buxton mermaid as part of her Conservation MA took her to the forensic department at Lincoln University where she was photographed and X rayed. She turned out to be neither fish nor monkey but a wooden and wire frame which has fish skin stretched over the tail.

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