Does the video show a mermaid found in Kenya?

Stories of mermaid sightings date back nearly 7,000 years. While sea captains may have confused manatees (or even whale penises) with all sorts of mythical sea beasts, the legend of the mermaid has continued into the modern age through image editing. digital images, bad “science documentaries”, art sculptures and misidentified animal skeletons. .

In April 2022, a new “mermaid sighting” made waves on social media as users shared a video purporting to show one of these mythical creatures washing up on a beach in Kenya. (In other posts of the video, people claimed that this video was actually taken off the shores of South Africa.)

Officials in Kenya and South Africa said there had been no reports of a mermaid being found on the beach.

The first version of this video we could find was posted on TikTok on April 6 with the claim that a “real mermaid” had been “caught in Muizenberg, South Africa.” This video has been viewed over 8 million times.


A real mermaid captured in Muizenberg in South Africa🧜‍♀️🧜😳🤔

♬ original sound – Aamir Cali

We contacted the South African Police Service in Muizenberg for more information about this video. While many social media commenters wondered if this video actually showed something else – for example, a child who had been attacked by a fish – we also asked Muizenberg SAPS if there had been any reports of a child who died (or nearly died) from a fish attack.

A spokesperson said: “Please note that Muizenberg SAPS has no reports of a mermaid being washed up by the beach or of a child being bitten by a fish.”

While we haven’t been able to determine exactly what this video shows, it does not show a mermaid. In all likelihood, this video is a digitally altered composite containing authentic footage of a dying fish and digitally added footage of a child or doll. In fact, upon close examination of these images, you can see that the sand loses its texture as the arms of the “mermaid” move across the beach. At one point, the fingers even disappear, indicating that the “mermaid’s body” has been digitally inserted into this sequence:

As officials in Kenya and South Africa have disputed this report, as there are visual signs that this footage has been edited out, and as there has been no reporting of the absolutely historic and momentous discovery of a half-man half-fish siren species in Africa, we call this sequence “subtitled”.

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