Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Let's Talk

The Atlantic recently posted an article by Alexis C. Madrigal in which he ponders the topic of Human / Dolphin communication. I have no doubt that this will eventually be possible, but will we reach this milestone in our lifetime?

According to Mr. Madrigal, a friend of a friend said that Google was working on the problem. You know how 'friend of a friend' rumors start. But if anyone had the resources to put behind such a project, Google would certainly come to mind.

"Interspecies communication is one of my all-time favorite topics."

The article includes a video of Denise Herzing speaking on the topic, 'Could we speak the language of dolphins?'

For more info on what Google has been up to lately, visit the Mono-Live blog.

Weeki Wachee Photos

We return once again to Weeki Wachee State Park in Florida to view a collection of mermaid photographs by Annie Collinge.

The collection is brought to us in a Slate article by Jordan G. Teicher. Since 1947, the mermaids of Weeki Wachee have been entertaining mermaid fans of all ages.

Underwater Unicorn

Merfolk, let me introduce you to Rhinochimaeridae.

I'm sure there are a number of unicorn fans out there, but have you seen an underwater unicorn? Jesus Diaz, who we have heard from before, has the story on this unique creature from the 'infernal deeps'.

Mermaid Worshipers

Our next story comes to us from Thailand, where the Songhkla municipality recently reminded tourists and locals alike that the Golden Mermaid Statue is not intended for prayers.

No, they're not talking about me!

"The municipality announcement said this worship was damaging the mermaid's reputation and to the intended purpose of the statue."

The mermaid statue was cast in 1966, and certainly has not been forgotten. Read the full article on the statue in the Bangkok Post.

In closing, I would like to wish all my readers a Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Hanukkah!

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

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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Sleep With The Fishes

A while back, we talked a bit about undersea hotels. Today, we have another to add to the collection, and this one is off the coast of Tanzania.

"For an ethereal effect, the suite — built four meters (about 13 feet) below the surface — is lit by underwater spotlights that provide a backlit projection of the Indian Ocean’s tropical sanctuary."

Yahoo News has the full story as well as a photo gallery.

Ombre Mermaid Cake

Here is another great mermaid birthday party idea from Chickabug. The centerpiece is a beautiful ombre petal cake. The turquiose and coral color scheme will certainly put you in the mood for a swim.

Add a plate full of starfish cookies, and you have a party!

Clothing Options

B is for Bel, and Bel knows fashion. Over at Bel's the question of the day is, "Why are mermaids always so naked anyway?"

Not to worry, Bel has a solution, courtesy of freelance illustrator Kris Atomic. Then, check out Kris' web site for more fun.

Sketchy Mermaids

We return now to Deviantart, where we find some sketchy mermaids by kinkei.

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

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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

News Shell 19

There is a lot going on in this edition of News Shell, where merfolk get their news!

Mermaid Afghan

When those chilly evenings arrive, don't let your pretty tail get cold. Grab your mermaid afghan! If you crochet, you can find a great Mermaid Afghan pattern over at Favecrafts.

If you don't crochet, Favecrafts can help you get started. Check out the 'Beginner Crochet' link in the left margin. You're never too old to learn a new skill.

Or, you can do as I did, and find a nice person to make your afghan for you. Be sure to buy them a very good dinner afterwards! As you can see, my afghan is coming along nicely.

Tinker Bell & The Mermaids

We now pay a quick visit to Jasminetoad at Deviantart and her painting entitled, Tinker Bell and the Mermaids. This is a great piece of work, and it is certainly getting rave reviews.

Disney Star Transforms

The Huffington Post has some great mermaid photos of Disney star Bella Thorne (Shake It Up) and her sisters. They were transformed into mermaids, courtesy of Project Mermaid.

The Real Origin of Mermaids

Miss Cellania has what might just be the origin of mermaids. Pay a visit to her blog post at Neatorama and see for yourself.

Mermaid Bias

Discrimination is a very bad thing, no matter how it comes about. An article by Dan Avery in NewNowNext takes on the subject of bias and discrimination by sharing a recent edition of The Colbert Report.

This article is a must-read. The staff of News Shell thanks you in advance.

More Tail Makers

Since we first shared our list of tail makers in March of 2012, readers have been suggesting additional sites. Be sure to pay another visit to the list which now includes Finfolk Productions, Miami Beach Mermaids, and Fin Fun Mermaid.

Please continue to send additions and updates to Cynthia at the email address below.

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

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Real and Not Real

Over in what must be a parallel universe, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has decided that mermaids are real. This is not the NOAA I remember.

Meanwhile, marine biologist Sheanna Steingass recently penned a guest post for Deep Sea News in which she shares her five reasons why mermaids can't physically exist. Be sure to also take a look at the comments section where Sheanna goes back and forth with reader Fred, "You consider only “fish” parts, but what about cetacea parts?" High fins for Fred!

For the Love of Mermaids

Siren's Secret is the name of the debut novel by Debbie Herbert. With a tagline of 'Mermaids. Murder. Mayhem,' this title appears to be darker than the other mermaid themed novels we have looked at recently.

"I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of mermaids, probably stemming from plenty of childhood vacations at the beach."

Learn more about Siren's Secret at the Paranormal Romance Blog, where you can also find out how the cover was made.

Dolphin Superpod

Recently, our dolphin friends came out in great numbers off the Canadian coast and swam alongside a ferry for about three minutes.

Arbroath has the details in a recent blog post. Swim on over, and find out how the dolphins brought the ferry travelers closer together.

Best Costume

Halloween has come and gone, and the members of Gold Mermaid (me, Danny Dolphin, and a few random angelfish) have voted on our favorite costume of the year 2013.

And the winner is...  Patrick Stewart?

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

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