Fiji Mermaid

The Fiji mermaid (also Feejee mermaid) was an object comprising the torso and head of a juvenile monkey sewn to the back half of a fish, covered in papier-mâché. It was a common feature of sideshows, which was presented as the mummified body of a creature that was supposedly half mammal and half fish, a version of traditional mermaid stories.

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Fiji Mermaid - Later Incarnations
... claimants to the title of Barnum's "true" original mermaid, or as he describes them, "fakes of Barnum's fake" ... by an angry patron who demanded to know how this was possible if the "mermaid" was underwater ... Wilson's character is murdered and his corpse is transformed into a Fiji mermaid via taxidermy ...