Until recently, mermaids kept themselves hidden. The secret of their existance was closely guarded...
Not any more! These days we're all over the news. Here are just some of the recent stories, collected for you in today's News Shell.
I am sure that you would never be late for class if you were a student at the Philippines Mermaid Swimming Academy. As expected, the academy is proving to be quite popular.
Explore the photo gallery, and learn more about the academy, in this article from the UK web site, Metro.
You can also see a photo of some of the mermaids at ABS-CBN News.
Ancient Underwater Forest
You may have seen this story already, but just in case you haven't: Scuba divers have discovered a 50,000 year old Cypress forest in the Gulf of Mexico. Sediment had burried the forest, but portions may have been uncovered by Hurricane Katrina back in 2005.
Swim on over to io9 and check out the details. More on this story below.
Mermaids of Weeki Wachee
This week's Rookie Magazine 'Saturday Links' feature a short article on the Mermaids of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park in Florida. The park has been in the news quite a bit lately, and rightly so!
Further down on the page is another look at the underwater forest that I just mentioned.
Flap Over Fins
I'm sure this happens far too often. A mermaid in Tampa, Florida has been told that she cannot swim in the Fishhawk Ranch community pool due to their no-fin policy. What would a mermaid be without her fins?
Read more about the adventures of mermaid Eden Sirene in this article from Fox 13 Tampa Bay.
Actresses Vanessa Hudgens and Kim Hidalgo recently appeared as mermaids for a photo shoot. Kim posted a photo to Instagram which you can see over at OMG by Yahoo.
Mermaids Never Miss Their Legs
Over at Everything-2, a mermaid collector ponders an important point: What will happen to my mermaid collection when I die?
The article gets this week's award for the longest title, "Mermaids Never Miss Their Legs In The Sea Because Mermaids Know That There Are Better Ways To Move Through The Ocean Than Kicking." It might take a mermaid or a free-diver to say all of that in one breath.
Do you have an extensive mermaid collection? Tell me about it!
Best wishes and starfishes,
cynthia (at) goldmermaid.com