About selkies, mermaids, dugongs and seals. Some people might find it odd to post here, but the Anglo-Celtic influence on the South Seas made its way back into colonial folklore (the Bunyip has Gaelic origins).

Something similar is supposed to have happened in Japan and the "Feejee mermaid" class of artifacts were of Japanese manufacture.

https://www.researchgate.net/publica...kies_and_Seals