Tuesday, May 22, 2012

News Shell

Photo by Debbie MacKenzie
After swimming in circles for several minutes, I finally located today's News Shell in a bed of seaweed. Seems the news-merboy needs to work on his aim. Join me as we find out what is going on in the seas...

Hannah on Nightline

Mermaid Hannah Fraser recently appeared on ABC's Nightline news magazine. If you missed the show on television, you can watch the video here entitled Real Life Mermaid Swims at Atlantis.

Animal Planet

On Sunday, May 27th at 9pm EDT/PDT in the US, Animal Planet will present the world premiere of Mermaids: The Body Found. These three short videos can be found at the web site:

  • Fisherman catch man in nets?
  • Strange Body Found on Beach
  • Strange Fish Found in Lab Tank

What are your thoughts on these videos?  Are they pulling our tails again, or is there something to them?

Mermaid Minute Update

Mermaid Linden Wolbert has wrapped up the first season of her Mermaid Minute series with episode eleven. As you may remember from an earlier blog post: These short video segments are being created to help teach children about the ocean. They're all here, from starfish to elephant seals to sharks. Be sure to introduce your young mermaid fans to Mermaid Linden and her Mermaid Minute series.

Mermaid Minute season two will premiere this summer.

Robotic Fish

The bright yellow fish in the waters of the port of Gijon, Spain are not what they appear to be. These are actually swimming robots that help monitor the waters for causes of pollution. The task used to be carried out by divers and lab tests, but this took considerable time. The robotic fish can do the job of sampling and testing on its own. Problems can be detected and resolved in a lot less time. Read the full story for more details.


OpenROV is a do-it-yourself community centered around small underwater robots for exploration and adventure. According to their web site, OpenROV kits will be available very soon. The web site is the place to go for more information, and you can sign up to be notified when the kits are available.

The goal of the project is to provide a low-cost tele-robotic submarine that will allow anyone to explore underwater environments.

If you're a mermaid or merman, be sure to smile for the camera!

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

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