Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Drowning in Plastic

Recently, Bored Panda featured an article on photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Quite a few other news outlets have also carried the story.

The photographer created a number of photos of mermaids drowning in an ocean of ten thousand plastic bottles. This was done to draw attention to the effects of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.

"Statistically, an average American uses about 167 plastic bottles each year, so by the time he’s 60 the total will be around 10,000."

The article features a number of Benjamin Von Wong's photographs. There is also background information on how the shots were created.

Mermaid Stuff

In a humorous article found at Slate, Heather Schwedel discusses the hottest new trend, Mermaid Stuff. She warns us not to allow mermaids to distract us from current events.

"It’s dark in the ocean, for one thing. There are sea witches lurking everywhere. Ocean monarchies might be even more patriarchal than above-ground ones — we just don't know."

I hope you enjoy the article, but do not be distracted by the gold mermaid in the photo.

Five Years

Today (December 20th) marks the fifth anniversary of this blog! A total of 249 Cynthia Mermaid articles have been posted so far.

Here are the most popular blog posts from the past five years:

Mako Mermaids - My post on the sequel to H2O: Just Add Water earns my most popular blog post award with over 3550 views.

Rare Whale - Second place goes to the Spade-Toothed Beaked Whales featured in this blog post.

Merman Patrick - My interview of Merman Patrick has been my most popular interview.

Giant Squid - The giant squid has many fans.

Ocean Minds and More - This blog post covered the Ocean Minds web site as well as mermaid themed recipes.

Mermish 101 - A number of mermaid language dialects have been created, but which ones are actually useful?

Tail Makers - Ready to discover your inner mermaid or merman? Here is where you can buy yourself a tail.

Thank you all for your readership these past five years. Send me an email at the address below to help spread the word about YOUR mer activities. You may also write to request that I interview you for a future blog post.

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

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Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Making (Sand) Dollars

Despite the chlorine and salt water in their eyes, professional mermaids really enjoy their jobs. Join Bloomberg Business Week and professional mermaid Linden Wolbert as they discuss the many businesses that sprung up around the growing mermaid community.
Mermaid Linden Wolbert

"The larger mermaid economy is as diverse as sea life itself."

The Bloomberg article by Caroline Winter includes a 3.5 minute video. Find out more about Mermaid Linden at her web site, Mermaids In Motion. You may also wish to check out the blog post I did with Mermaid Linden back in February of 2012.

Aquatic Ape Theory

An August article at Exemplore explains the Aquatic Ape Theory, and discusses whether it can be used as proof that mermaids exist.

"Like any cryptid with an enduring legacy, mermaids are still seen around the world today. Unfortunately, there is also the occasional hoax, manipulated video footage, and plain-old honest mistake."

The article also includes a discussion of what real-life mermaids would be like. Intelligent for sure, but what other traits would they have?

An interesting article on a controversial topic, certainly worth a read.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Safari Boo 2016

On Friday the 21st, River Safari Singapore kicks off this year's Safari Boo Halloween event. The event features four mermaids swimming alongside manatees in a 9-meter deep tank.

The four performers are led by Cara Nicole Neo, much better known as Mermaid Syrena, head of the Singapore mermaid school.

"The merry-not-scary Halloween event will be held over two weekends, from Oct 21 to 23 and Oct 28 to 30."

Get all the details and watch the 1.5-minute video in this article at Channel News Asia.

Mermaid BnB

Looking for the perfect place to 'get away'? Casa Caracol, located on Isla Mujeres in Mexico, may be the perfect place. Casa Caracol is a shell-shaped mermaid-inspired home that runs $308 US per night.

"And, of course, no mermaid home would be complete without a beachfront bedroom. This luxurious king-size bed with a shell-shaped headboard will guarantee a relaxing night filled with wonderful dreams."

Plenty of photos of this fun Airbnb destination can be found in an article by Daniela Galvez at the Vivala travel site.

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

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