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Mermaid. Kenya

ID #1650295179
Added Mon, 18/04/2022
Author July N.
Sources
Phenomena
Status
Investigation

Initial data

Initial information from sources or from an eyewitness
Source date: 
06.04.2022
Location: 
Укунда
Kenya

The bizarre footage, which has spread on the Internet, allegedly captures a still-living mermaid, which allegedly washed up on the beach.

A very strange video appeared on social media last week and quickly spread like wildfire, with claims that this curious case occurred either in South Africa or Kenya, depending on who shared these amazing footage. The confusion in the circumstances of this strange case is compounded by the fact that there is no indication either when the incident occurred or who filmed it at all. Be that as it may, the video undoubtedly attracts attention thanks to the surreal scene unfolding on the beach.

The footage shows that a creature is lying on the beach, whose body half consists of a human child and half of a fish, and a group of stunned spectators surrounded the strange creature. While the bewildered witnesses examine the suspected mermaid, it is seen that her arms and fins are moving, as if she is still alive and in distress. Unfortunately, the video just ends, leaving no denouement, no attempt to save the aquatic creature by putting it back in the water.

Given the surprisingly realistic nature of the video, the alleged encounter with the mermaid has understandably attracted a lot of attention in the African countries that have been put forward as its place of origin. This led to the fact that the authorities of Kenya and South Africa called the video a fake and assured residents that the mythical creature was not washed ashore on their beaches. Of course, this did not prevent the video from gaining millions of views on social networks, and many still believe that it is authentic.

As for how the mermaid could have been "created", some have speculated that it could have been the result of an attack by a fish that tried to eat the baby, although this explanation seems suspicious as witnesses at the scene do not seem to be very concerned about the welfare of the baby.

Other observers claim that the "creature" is a well-thought-out hoax in the form of movie props or just computer special effects. How do you feel about this amazing video?

Original news

According to Snopes, the earliest South African mermaid video was posted on TikTok on April 6th.

This video by a TikTok user named aamircali is titled “Real Mermaid Caught in Muizenberg South Africa🧜‍♀️🧜😳🤔”.

The video shows a beach. People stand around what appears to be a fish tail on the beach, and then the camera pans to reveal a baby’s torso and head attached to the fish.

In the comment thread below this post, some people didn’t buy it. Here are some of the comments:

“Wow… so mermaids wear wigs😲 who buys wigs under the sea😏😅”

“I need to open a wig shop under the sea.”

“I catch them here in Lake PRETORIA almost every day.”

“Forget the mermaid, the adidas slides age👀😞😂😂”

“If this was real nobody would make a short video, the cameraman would be 2 curious would I be too, I would make a video or take photos of all the angels.”

“Strange that this video never made South African headlines 😏”

Another TikTok video posted on the same day with the same video says it was filmed in Ukunda in Mombasa.

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Five days ago, TikTok user Mary Musyoka posted a video with the caption: "A real mermaid spotted in Ukunda," which is a coastal town in Kenya.

It went viral in record time, sparking online debates about the authenticity of the clip and whether the creature shown is really a mermaid or yet another hoax. Officials from both Kenya and South Africa have claimed the report to be false.

The video shows a crowd of beach-goers surrounding the mystical creature that had washed ashore on the beach. It appears to be a large fish at first glance, but as the camera tracks upwards, the torso of a human girl with her eyes closed and arms sprawled out is revealed.

An extended version of the footage was uploaded to YouTube on April 7, garnering 535.8k views, but this one claimed Muizenberg, South Africa, as the location of the discovery. The crowd can be seen poking and prodding at the bottom half of the creature as it groans softly in distress.

Musyoka's TikTok has clocked 6.6 million views since being uploaded, with many users tagging another TikToker @skinfluencebymsk in its comments. The latter also made a video regarding this shocking discovery, providing more context about where the alleged creature was found.

She prefaced the viral footage saying,

"We need to talk about this mermaid video now. So, I have been tagged and been sent this video a lot over the last couple of days. And I don't know what to think about it. To be honest, the video frightens me. At first, I thought it was probably just a hoax, but the more I watch it... And a lot of people are saying that this footage is the most believable footage to show the existence of mermaids."

Her TikTok has garnered 10.4 million views and 868.9k likes at the time of writing. The creator mentioned that several natives of the Kenyan town had uploaded clips of the creature to various social media platforms. She also revealed that apparently the government was trying to hush this entire matter, to no one's surprise.

Hypotheses

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The art of the action

Various promotions advertising and art can be priniti randomly for the paranormal or issued for them intentionally.

A mysterious and mystical theme attracts people's attention so it can be used to attract the audience.

Here are various advertising companies for products, individuals, media, and various hudojestvennye installation, objects, land art (from the English. land art — landscape-art) and the like. This category can also be considered Museum pieces.

Deliberate falsification

This version includes any falsifications that imitate unexplained phenomena both from the outside: practical jokes, flash mobs, fake news, witness fraud, staging, etc.

There are many ways to make something similar to a ghost or a flying saucer from improvised materials, without using video and photomontage.

Many homemade things made for the sake of a joke, a practical joke or a direct imitation of a mystical being or event can be taken as unexplained not only in photos and videos, but also in reality.

Events

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  • Site: Jiuquan Space Center, Inner Mongolia (China) Vehicle: CZ-4C Payload: Gaofen 3-03 (GF 3-03)

Investigation

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The creature's movements look like mechanical. In the video, when approaching (from the beginning of the video to 0:10), you can notice a rope tied to the right fin. The "joint" of the human and fish parts is separated by an obvious hole, which is usually not typical for real living organisms (and would obviously interfere with movement in the water due to poor aerodynamics). Probably, the giant karanx fish, aka the Royal Fish, aka ulus, aka karambisi, aka turrum, was used for the lower part, he is simply GT (Giant Trevally) in the jargon of professional fishermen, living from the southern shores of Africa to the Hawaiian Islands.

All this may speak in favor of deliberate falsification.

There is a version on the web about a child partially absorbed by a fish, but the above reasons, as well as the appearance of the upper part of the creature, do not speak in favor of this version. Also for this version there is a strange reaction of people who are not trying to help the child.

There is a version on the web that it may be such a kind of advertising company for the upcoming film "The Little Mermaid" (Eng. The Little Mermaid, 2023), where actress Holly Bailey from the musical duo Chloe x Halle was cast for the role of the little Mermaid Ariel (this was the first time an African-American actress played a Disney princess who was white in cartoons).

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