While mermaids are mythical beings, there are still reported sightings throughout the world. Many hoaxes have been perpetrated, such as the “Fiji Mermaid”, a mummified specimen that was exhibited by P. T. Barnum in the mid-1800s. It turned out to be made from the remains of a monkey and a fish sewn together.
The myth of the mermaid remains popular in culture and media. The 1989 Disney animated film The Little Mermaid, based on a fairy tale from 1837 by Hans Christian Andersen, was so enduring that it was remade as a live-action film by Disney in 2023.
Mermaid shows are a popular attraction in many resorts and tourist spots, with trained divers donning elaborate mermaid tails and performing in underwater displays.