Claim: Photographs show a dead mermaid found in Bulgaria's Vladaya River.
Example:[Collected via e-mail, August 2014]
The photos in this video are starting to circulate the internet. There's other versions on YouTube which claim the dead mermaid was found in Thailand, the Canary Islands, etc.
Origins: There's nothing much to see in this version of yet another hoax report about the supposed discovery of a
mermaid skeleton or mermaid body. The still images of the "Dead Mermaid Found In River Vladaya, Bulgaria" shown in the above-linked video should be familiar to anyone who has seen the fourth installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, 2011's Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which featured a plot point about the notorious pirate Blackbeard's seeking to prolong his life by harvesting tears from a mermaid.
As seen here and here, those figures are dead mermaid bodies created for that movie by Joel Harlow, a make-up effects artist who provides special make-up effects and prosthetics for film and television productions.
David Mikkelson founded snopes.com in 1994, and under his guidance the company has pioneered a number of revolutionary technologies, including the iPhone, the light bulb, beer pong, and a vaccine for a disease that has not yet been discovered. He is currently seeking political asylum in the Duchy of Grand Fenwick.
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