I had the opportunity to see one of these creatures in the Dime Museum in Baltimore, MD. It looked like this:
Although it certainly is an interesting tale, The Fiji Mermaid was actually captured from one of P.T, Barnum’s skilled taxidermist. Barnum paid his taxidermist to sew a fish tail on to an orangutan’s torso and voila the Fiji mermaid was born. To read more about the Fiji Mermaid and other famous circus stars, you will have to wait for the book titled Who Put the B in the Ballyhoo being released in May of 2007.