fiji mermaid the most famous trick known by history


mermaid or fiji mermaid that people have cheated in for years 

Follow the article with us to learn about the Fiji mermaid, the most famous trick known to history, through which people have been deceived for years.


The remains of mermaids were a key element in exhibitions and museums during the Renaissance and Baroque periods, and most of them were interested in those with mermaid syndrome or, as :(Sirenomelia) a rare birth defect in which the fetus's legs stick together, giving the appearance of a mermaid's tail.

One of the most famous mermaids of the 19th century, specifically in 1842, is the Mermaid (fiji), which was exhibited at the American Museum in New York, the Kimble Museum in Boston and also in London. By a man named Vince Taylor P.T. Barnum, follow with us dear reader to learn more about the story of this fairy that has seen great popularity in the past and attracted curiosity many visitors to the museum to see it up close.


Vince Taylor 'PT' Barnum

Fiji mermaid story

The story of Fiji's mermaid fiji began in mid-July 1842 by an Englishman named 'Dr. J. Griffin', who was a member of the British Academy of Natural History. Where he came to New York. He brought with him a mermaid, who allegedly hunted her near the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific. The media learned of Griffin's arrival and his strange sample, so journalists went to the Griffin Hotel and asked to see the mermaid. He hesitated at first but then reluctantly agreed, making them fully convinced that it was real.

Shortly afterwards, BT visited The Barnum newspaper in New York, where he explained that he was trying to convince Griffin to show the mermaid at his museum, but he refused and said he was not ready to do so. And he prepared a pre-ad for the exhibition, which is no longer useful. He gave it to the newspapers, and on July 17, wooden pieces of mermaids appeared in all the newspapers, and Barnum distributed tens of thousands of brochures about mermaids throughout the city and described the brochures as attractive and attractive. 

All this was a propaganda ploy, which made the Mermaid Fiji the most important topic that people talk about and wonder if the mermaid is real or not, and they are eager to see it with their own eyes. So Dr. Griffin agreed to show it at the Broadway Musical. 

The week-long show was a huge success among people, allowing Griffin to perform longer in New York. It was agreed that it could be displayed for a month at the American Museum in Barnum. In addition to the performance, Griffin addressed the crowd that came to watch the mermaid where there were an infinite number of people.

 He told them about his experience as an explorer and his theories in natural history, and his main argument was that mermaids are real, that everything on earth has a sea counterpart. So there must also be humans at sea

But what the audience saw in the show was not beautiful mermaids and young women, as Barnum portrayed them in the public material. 

Instead, they saw the hateful and hideous bodies of the guards. Fiji Mermaid was a melted body of a small monkey at the top and a dry fish at the bottom.

'Photography of the Fijian Mermaid in 1842'

'Photography of the Fijian Mermaid in 1842'

Dr Griffin was actually a liar and was not a British man, and there is no such thing as the British High School of Natural History. Dr. Griffin's real name was 'Levi Lehman' and he was a partner of Barnum, and the mermaid presenting and exhibition was Barnum's idea all the time. Barnum arranged to send a letter about Dr. Griffin to the New York newspapers throughout the summer, and then carefully planned to promote the mermaid. The mermaid herself was a fake, and Barnum knew it. He had bought it from a friend (sailor), but before that, Barnum consulted a naturalist and asked about the authenticity of the mermaid legend. Which in turn assured him that they were false and incorrect. However, Barnum realized that it didn't matter whether it was true or not. The important thing is to convince the public to believe it, so he hired a fake naturalist (Dr. Griffin) to prove the authenticity of this creature and put nude pictures of the nymph in the commercials, thus manipulating the audience who wanted to see them.

The origin of the mermaid is Fiji

The famous Fijian mermaid is believed to have been made around 1810 in Japan and is said to be a traditional art form for fishermen. The mermaid was purchased from Barnum by Dutch merchants and sold in 1822 to an American captain named Samuel Barrett Eise. Eze paid a huge amount of money for the mermaid, but failed to make a fortune from her performance. After his death, the mermaid was given to his son, who sold it to a man named Moses Kimball, from whom Barnum hired a mermaid.

How The Mermaid Lost Fiji 

After a month-long show at the American Museum in Barnum, the Fijian mermaid toured the southern states and then spent the next two decades between the Barnum and Kimball Museums in Boston. The Fijian mermaid travelled to London on a tour in 1859, and when she returned, she was exhibiting her work at the Kimball Museum in Boston, her last known location.
According to one theory, the Fijian mermaid was destroyed in a fire at the Barnum Museum in 1865. However, it was suggested to be a mermaid at the Kimball Museum at the time. Therefore, it was concluded that the mermaid only disappeared in the early 1880s, when the Kimball Museum was destroyed by fire.


Banff Merman, modeled on a Fiji mermaid, on display at the Indian Trade Mail.

Another view is that the Fijian mermaid somehow survived and eventually entered the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Although this museum contains a Fijian mermaid, it is not known whether it is 'original'. There are other museums in the world that display Fijian mermaids, which makes us see how fascinated they are with this subject, even if it is fake.
In the end, Fiji Mermaid has become a generic term for many fake mermaids around the world. But logically, so far, there is no real evidence to prove the existence of such creatures.