Tuesday, October 16, 2012

News Shell 9

A lot of great news for merfolk and our human friends in today's News Shell. Let's take a look!

Quadski Amphibious Vehicle

If you have been curled up on a rock reading your daily newspaper, you may have seen the Associated Press article about the Quadski amphibious vehicle. The Quadski is a $40,000 ATV-like vehicle that is just as at-home on the water as it is on land. Speeds up to 45 mph (72.4 km/h) are possible on land as well as water.

The Quadski should be available in the US by the end of 2012. The high price tag may cause most potential buyers to gasp for breath, however. Your better-than-average ATV tops out at about $10,000, so this is quite a step up.

For more information, check out the article from Fox News (shows the Quadski on the water) and/or The NY Daily News (shows the Quadski entering the water).

News Splash

From: Mermaid Nerissa
Mermaidens for the National Marine Reserve

I am part of a professional mermaid group in Australia known as Mermaidens - we do the typical birthday parties, corporate events, pool appearances etc etc, but we have recently been involved with something really special. We've teamed up with the Australian Conservation Foundation to promote awareness of the National Marine Reserve Network that will hopefully soon become law in Australia. Here is some information: All Fish Who Can't Vote and Mermaids.

We've been travelling all over Australia meeting people and swimming with children, encouraging people to support the Reserves which will protect 40% of Australia's oceans including 6 species of sea turtle and thousands of fish! We've been lucky enough to be featured in newspapers and on television all over the country, all to spread the word about this wonderful cause. We even got to go tailswimming on the Great Barrier Reef, which there will soon be photos of too.

We haven't been paid money for this work - we do it because we're passionate about our oceans and really want to encourage the same love of the ocean in the people we meet.

Cynthia: Thank you for the note, Nerissa! Readers can find even more information on the Mermaidens on Facebook.

Author Renee Field

The October 12th issue of the Paranormal Romance Blog features Renee Field, author of Claiming the Temptress and Claiming Poseidon's Heart. In this article, Ms. Field tells us how her love of the seas shaped her love for myths.

Little Mermaid in Moscow

The musical version of The Little Mermaid, that premiered on Broadway in January of 2008, opened in Moscow on October 8, 2012. The opening coincided with the 175th anniversary of the first publication of this Hans Christian Andersen classic.

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

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