Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Squid Attack

In this article from Michelle Starr of C|Net, we witness a pair of Humboldt squids (also known as jumbo squids) attacking a Greenpeace submarine.

"The Humboldt squid's tentacle suckers are lined with tiny, sharp teeth that can do some serious damage, so the Greenpeace divers were lucky to be protected by the submarine."

What's in your ocean?


History Class

Before there was Poseidon, and before there was Neptune, there was Ea, the Babylonian god of the sea.

In an article at Wired by Matt Simon, we learn 'The Murderous, Sometimes Sexy History of the Mermaid'. Why did mythology depict the mermaid as good at times, and evil at times? Did it depend on where the mythology originated?

"The earliest mermaid-like figure was likely the ancient Syrian goddess Atargatis, who watched over the fertility of her people, as well as their general well-being."

The article is an interesting read, and it contains some great photos.


Mermaid Sacha

We head on over to A-Plus now, as columnist Justina Bakutyte introduces us to photographer Elena Kalis and her daughter Alexandra from the Bahamas. Alexandra is also known as Mermaid Sacha, as you will see.

"Sacha is a great swimmer and, according to her website, 'she learned to swim before she could walk'."

The article is entitled, 'This Girl Is The Closest We'll Ever Get To Real Life Mermaids', though that could apply to a number of professional mermaids. Still, the article is worth checking out.


Dolphin Health

Scientists are now using a kind of breathalyser to determine the health of dolphins. In another recent article at C|Net by Michelle Starr, we learn more about this useful tool.

"Dolphins have been dying in record numbers in the Atlantic since July 2013 because of a measles-like virus."

Is your dolphin healthy?


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

NC Merfest 2015

The second annual North Carolina Merfest is set for this coming January, and that is really not that far off! Let's hear more from the event organizers:

NC Merfest is an annual celebration of all things mer! Carrying on its success from last year, Mermaids and Mermen from all corners of the country gather at the Triangle Aquatic Center in Cary, North Carolina to learn the ways of mermaiding for entertainment, performances, photography and more. We present the new mermaid a glimpse into the world of merfolk, and the established mermaid a chance to expand their existing talents. Offering classes, lectures, booths and networking opportunities, Merfest offers a space for the technical end of our art to be explored. It also provides a rare chance for the growing mermaid community to come together and celebrate as a large family.

New this year, the festivities will be joined by a fleet of fun-loving pirates, and activities for kids of all ages. Much like the mermaid-themed classes, aspiring and experienced pirate performers will receive lessons on firearms, swordplay, as well as proper look and attitude. For the children, there will be options to learn and play from pirates, or swim and play with the mermaids.

Also new this year, we are featuring some prominent guests. They include Hannah Fraser (long-time professional mermaid, ocean activist, performance artist and underwater model), Caribbean Pearl (pirate instructor and performer with a specialty in their fashions), Twig the Fairy (nationally acclaimed renn faire performer) and Robert Short (award-winning special effects artist of Splash, Beetlejuice, Cocoon and more). We will also have a few veteran performers from the famous Weeki Wachi Springs in Florida, and two of the biggest names in the tail making community, Mertailor and Finfolk Productions.

It's three days of mermaids, pirates and magic for everyone young and old. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that's not to be missed. Visit our event web site to join us on the fun!


Ten Things

Did you know that Australia isn't the only country producing mermaid themed television? Add Korea and the Philippines to the list.

At the Viki Official Blog, Brittany Vo presents the article, Ten Things About Mermaids Bet You Didn’t Know. Now, I know my readers are quite knowledgable about mermaids, so perhaps you know many of these things already.

The article features performers from the television shows Surplus Princess and Dyesebel, and includes some great photos.


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Total Lunar Eclipse

As fans of H2O: Just Add Water know well, the full moon can do strange things. What if the full moon coincides with a total lunar eclipse? Fun!

If you have been following the news, you know that such an event is quickly approaching. The day is Wednesday, October 8th, and most of the world will get at least a partial viewing.

Learn more about this rare event, known as a selenelion, in an article at Space.com. And, merfolk, don't get too crazy out there!


Seafloor Map

This past Friday, researchers published "the most detailed map of the ocean floor ever produced."

The interactive map can be found in an article on io9, and you are invited to explore.

"Among the new features they're now able to detect, [geophysicist] Sandwell says, are thousands of previously unknown seamounts between 1000 and 2000 meters tall dotting the ocean floor."


Mermaid School

Here is another article on the mermaid school that opened recently in Europe. This one is from Cosmopolitan UK, and it appears that columnist Catriona Harvey-Jenner is ready to dive right in.

"Ever had one of those days when you've just had enough of walking round on your bog-standard two feet?"

Even if you read the related article in last week's blog post, this one is worth a look.


Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com

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