This is a picture of a little person, Edward Garrett, who played a baby in the farce "The Little Stranger" on Broadway. So, the picture is not as weird as it looks. It is a picture of a man, not a child.
Is it a real mermaid skeleton in the photo? No one really knows. But it sure does look like a real mermaid skeleton. Maybe its real or maybe its not. I don’t think anyone really knows for sure. But to me it really does look like a real mermaid.