Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Mission 31

How would you like to live under the sea for a full month? Fabien Cousteau, grandson of well-known marine explorer Jacques Cousteau, did just that. Back in June, Fabien and his crew of 6 spent 31 days under the waves in Aquarius, an underwater marine laboratory.

"The project illuminated some amazing new revelations about life underwater, soon to be published in a series of 12 scientific papers."

Learn more about Fabien Cousteau and Mission 31 in an interview by Georgia Rose at Vice.

Mermaid Hunters

Here is a letter from the mer-mailbag. Responses to this query should be sent to me via email. My email address is below.

Q: My name is Elizabeth and I love all things mermaid. I was wondering if you knew of any people/groups of mermaid hunters. I am looking for a group to join of mermaid enthusiasts who are actually on the search around the globe for real mermaids (or just mythical creatures in general). Thank you so much!

Shell Crown

Over at Instructables, Ruth can show you how to create your own mermaid shell crown.

"These take about 10 minutes to make and cost about $5.00-$10.00 depending on what you have on hand."

In the article, Ruth takes you step by step, and there are a lot of photos. Be sure to show me your finished crown.

Happy Holidays to All,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Third Anniversary

Yes, dear readers, it was three years ago today (December 20, 2011) that the first Cynthia Mermaid blog post went online. Thank you all for another great year.

We passed 80K all-time pageviews on November 29th, and at the time of this writing we have had 81,317. Monthly page views currently sit at just over 1880.

During the past month, the US, France and Germany lead the list by number of pageviews. They are followed by Ukraine, United Kingdom, Romania, Japan, Netherlands, Russia, and South Africa.

Also in the past month, the most popular articles have been Merman Christian, Mermaid Alaina, Dance With Sharks, and Mermaid Kariel. The all-time most popular article is Mako Mermaids (March 2013) with 3538 views. Check the index link below to locate these past articles.

Happy Holidays to all my readers. Here's to another great year, full of splashes and fun.

Mermaids Return to Atlanta

In an article found at Creative Loafing Atlanta, Andrew Alexander writes, "It just wouldn't be Christmas without mermaids." I would have to agree!

Each year, the Weeki Wachee mermaids of Florida make their way to Atlanta, Georgia to pay a visit to the Georgia Aquarium. It appears that tomorrow is the final day of the mermaid event.

If you miss the event in Atlanta this year, you can always catch the mermaids down at Weeki Wachee Springs.

Nine Whales

In a story from Michael Zhang at Peta Pixel that was published a week ago, Australian photographer Darren Jew was said to have set a new world record by capturing nine whales in a single underwater photo.

"The 48-year-old shooter had previously captured images with up to 7 whales before creating this image."

Since the story appeared, folks have commented that there are shots out there with more than nine whales. Still, this is quite an accomplishment. Check out the photo and 2-minute slide show, then grab your underwater camera and dive in. There is a record at stake!

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Disney Mermaids

Our first story today is about the mermaids in Disney's Peter Pan... the original Peter Pan animated film from the early 1950's.

In a recent article at Deja View, Andreas Deja shares several graphics that show the development of mermaids in the film.

"This cel set-up was made to announce the later arrival of the film during the holiday season of 1952. The background is lovely, but the quality of the drawing and inking leaves a lot to be desired."

Near the end of the article, you can see how actresses were used to preview a scene that influenced how the scene would look in the final animation.

Mermaid Anime

Did a 1975 anime version of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid inspire Disney's Little Mermaid?

"This beautiful Toei Animation film, Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Mermaid, was part of a Japanese film festival in 1975, and later reached the U.S. in 1979."

Read this short article by Leigh Alexander at BoingBoing and decide for yourself. The article includes a 1 hour, 8.5 minute video which begins with background information on Denmark and Hans Christian Andersen, and ends with the full The Little Mermaid anime.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Peter Pan Mermaid

Cara Delevingne will be playing the part of a mermaid in PAN, the mid 2015 Warner Bros release in the Peter Pan universe.

Felicity Kinsella has the story in an article at i-D Vice.

"PAN is set to be the best-looking bedtime story since Hook."

The article includes the official trailer for the movie, though Ms. Delevingne is only shown briefly.

Mermaid Hair Flick

What is the latest photography trend in social media? The selfie is out, the mermaid hair flick is in!

You can see a number of fine examples in this article by Sarah Carty for The Daily Mail Australia.

"In true Willow Smith fashion, girls are whipping their hair back and forth in an attempt to capture the ultimate mermaid hair flick."

Read the article to see who won the mermaid hair flicking competition run by The Mermaid Society.

Best wishes and starfishes,
-Mermaid Cynthia
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