A video allegedly shows a dead mermaid on a beach in Florida. Is this real or fake?
It’s not real.
Let’s first take a look at the video, which has been in circulation for a couple years. The caption states:
My recent discovery of a dead mermaid found washed up on the shores of Gators Pass located at west central coast of Florida. My emotional outburst and crude language forced me to add music otherwise I would not be able to post. The mermaid has been sent to Australia for further scientific study.
(Note that the video has more dislikes than likes on YouTube.)
We believe the video is fake due to the following reasons:
- The mermaid’s hair appears to be a wig. It looks perfectly combed and clean, which would be unlikely if a creature had been floating dead in the water.
- The corpse looks mummified, which would not happen while floating in sea water.
- Minimal decomposition. Mammals and fish which die in the water decompose very rapidly. This specimen is almost completely intact. A decomposed body would also likely have a swarm of flies surrounding it.
- There is a lack of sand on the body, which presumably tumbled around in the water before washing ashore.
- The video’s description states that the mermaid was “sent to Australia for further scientific study.” There have been no scientific reports about such a creature from Australia, or anywhere else.
- The texture and cracks on the mermaid’s torso and face indicate it may be made of paper mache or plastic.
We posted a video rebuttal to the “dead Florida mermaid” video, which summarizes some of the points above. You can watch it below.
After further investigation, we finally located the source of the “Dead Florida Mermaid.” It is none other than artist Juan Cabana.
Juan Cabana – ‘Valisna’ 2012
This origin of this mermaid was not the ocean, but the imagination of artist Juan Cabana. His biography on Coast to Coast AM reads, “Artist Juan Cabana, using the remains of dead fish and assorted animals as his medium, creates fantastic new lifeforms for people to enjoy today. His life-like creations reflect his interest in Cryptozoology, Anthropology and Science Fiction. Currently, sea monsters and mermaids are his central focus. Juan hopes to someday have the world’s largest sea creature museum.”
This particular work of art is named Valisna 2012, and can be seen in one of his website galleries. Be sure to read our article about another Cabana mermaid, the “Hurricane Ike” mermaid which has had millions of views on YouTube.
Second Video Rebuttal
Below is a YouTube video explaining the connection of the dead Florida mermaid (and the dead Hurricane Ike mermaid) with Juan Cabana.
Spammy Facebook App
A Facebook app has used the dead mermaid video to fool users into installing it. Both Facebook and Twitter users have been spotted posting links to the app with such headlines as, “Oh My God! dead mermaid was found up on the shores of Gators Pass located at west central coast of Florida……” Clicking on the supplied link will prompt you to install a Facebook video app. This app is considered spammy at best, and possibly malicious. It is best not to install the app. If you have already installed it, remove the app promptly to avoid spamming your friends.
The “Dead Florida Mermaid” is actually a work of art entitled Valisna 2012 created by artist Juan Cabana.
Updated January 21, 2014