If you read articles in net about findings of decomposed mermaid corpses or strange mythical sea-creatures keep on being sceptic! Because someone naive or a prankster has taken as real the "realistic" sculptures by Juan Cabana of mythical monstrous sea creatures, created, staged and photographed in real environments. The art of hoax, so to speak!
We read in his SITE where you can find much more pictures of his creatures:
Cabana's mermaids are no gentle pre-Raphaelite maidens. These mermaids seduce us, not with their siren beauty, but with parchment skin and haunted eyes. Their allure lies in their hypnotic honesty. Cabana's mermaids have been dredged from the stygian depths, where the pressure and endless darkness breed spine-toothed monsters and grotesque simian scavengers. These creatures are the sisters and brothers of Barnum's Mermaid, some crawling from the banks of a lagoon, others laid out like wizened specimens in a laboratory. They seethe with life, they call to us with shrill tongues and crooked fingers, they beg to drag us down into the abyss. From the mid-ocean trenches and the bottomless channels they come.
A similar realistic hoax by Dan Baines is about the mummified corpse of a fairy, allegedly found in Derbyshire for an April Fool's Day:
Ferdinand Knab, A Woman at the Fountain with Rising Moon - Private collection Date: 1866 Technique: Oil on canvas, 125.5 x 91 cm *Source*
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