Saturday, November 3, 2012

News Shell 10

Tossed on the seas for several days, our latest News Shell finally reaches its destination. As I am originally a New England mermaid, my heart goes out to those affected by hurricane Sandy. I would like to wish my merfolk and human friends in the northeastern US a quick recovery.

Discovery Channel Mermaids

The faux documentary, Mermaids: The Body Found, originally aired on Animal Planet in May and caused quite a stir. Many people took the show to be factual, causing NOAA to issue a statement to the contrary. The show has also appeared on The Discovery Channel beginning in June where it found another group of eager listeners. Unfortunately, none of it is true. Is it ratings that causes networks known for their science and educational programming to run a fictional 'documentary' on a popular subject?

Wikipedia has a short article on the show which is worth a quick look.

Seafaring Robot

As hurricane Sandy approached the New Jersey coast, a seafaring robot named Mercury was 100 miles offshore, transmitting storm data through 70-knot (80.5 mph; 130 km/h) winds. Read all about this hard working aquatic robot in an article by Tim Hornyak for C|Net.

The Secret History of Mermaids

If you are a collector of mermaid-related books, here is one to add to your collection. The Secret History of Mermaids by Ari Berk is "a lavishly illustrated resource offering insight into the lives, origins, language, and magic of these elusive peoples."

Barnes & Noble and Amazon are both out of stock at present, but both offer the book from resellers.

Ari Berk's other titles include The Secret History of Giants and The Secret History of Hobgoblins. In addition to being an author, Mr. Berk is a professor of English at Central Michigan University. You can visit his web site at

Do you own this book? Please send me a short review and I'll feature it in a future blog post.

Disney Meets Star Wars

As you probably have heard, unless you've been hiding in a sea-cave, Disney has purchased Lucasfilm for US $4 billion. What influence will Lucas' Star Wars series of films have on the Disney characters we know and love? John Martz has come up with a few funny concepts, as featured in a Laughing Squid article by Scott Beale.

Would you believe Yoda with Mickey Mouse ears? And what would happen to The Little Mermaid?

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

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