June 16, 2021

Was a Mermaid Discovered on the River John in 1918?

In May 2021, a picture circulating on social networks supposedly revealed a mermaid that had been found along the River John in Nova Scotia in 1918:

The real photo on the right comes from the “Picturing Canada” collection, a series of photographs taken in between 1895 and 1923 that were digitized by the British Library in 2012 and made available through Wikipedia. Again, this is a digital art work and not a genuine picture. This “bug” image was, once again, developed by altering a real photo of a whale.

It was created by Eduardo Valdés-Hevia, a digital artist whose Twitter bio mentions “my images are somewhat edited.”.

Heres a contrast of the doctored mermaid image (left) and the authentic picture (right):.

The digital artist who produced this mermaid image has made other comparable art work. The following image, for instance, apparently shows a group of individuals wrangling some sort of huge bug on a beach:.

Once again, this is a digital art work and not a genuine photo. This “bug” image was, once again, developed by modifying a real picture of a whale. Heres a contrast of the digital art work (left) and the authentic photograph (right), which shows a group of guys peeling blubber from a whale carcass in 1907, according to the Library of Congress:.

Another #NoCropArt! pic.twitter.com/BTWV64ySDG.
— Eduardo Valdés-Hevia (@Valdevia_Art) May 6, 2021.

This was not an authentic photograph of a mermaid, however a digitally transformed image of a beached whale..

The genuine picture on the right comes from the “Picturing Canada” collection, a series of photos taken between 1895 and 1923 that were digitized by the British Library in 2012 and provided through Wikipedia. Details for this specific image are scarce. The only information available comes from the title: “At River John, Nova Scotia, August 1918. [Beached whales.]”.