The Danish National Museum has on display the skeleton of the Haraldskaer mermaid, discovered by a farmer while ploughing his field. She was likely a member of the Asian branch of the mermaid family, which makes her a rare find in Europe. The Haraldskaer mermaid was about 18 years old, with long, thick hair and long, sharp canines. She had a purse containing a shark’s tooth, a snake’s tail, a mussel shell and a flower. The skeleton is complete, though missing a hand — or possibly a fin.
La Sirène - Poster cabinet of curiosities Deyrolle by the artist Camille Renversade