Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Meet Mermaid Chelsea

Mermaid Chelsea
A number of Florida's Weeki Wachee mermaids will be visiting the Newport Aquarium through October 12th. The web site Cincinnati would like to introduce you to Mermaid Chelsea, one of the mermaids performing at the aquarium.

"People are often surprised that the mermaids keep their eyes open during their shows, sing, drink and eat underwater."

The Newport Aquarium is located just southeast of Cincinnati, Ohio. Driving directions can be found at the aquarium's web site.

Mermaid Mode

Ricoh has recently added a special mode their WG-40 series of cameras in order to allow photographers to take better photos underwater: Mermaid Mode.

"Ricoh says its R&D team studied the characteristics of images taken underwater, and produced a collection of settings to compensate for the optical losses that are typically incurred when working in sub-aqua environments."

The down side is that the camera are currently only available in Japan. We can hope that this will change in the near future.

Find out more about the WG-40 and WG-40W in this article at DP Review.

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

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Mermaid Economy

Our first story this week takes us inside the mermaid economy, of professional mermaids, and the places that hire them. In this story from Fast Company, writer Elizabeth Segran takes us to the Dive Bar in Sacramento, California.

Dive Bar Mermaids
Here we meet Rachel Smith, the head mermaid at Dive Bar. Ms. Smith and the other original mermaids at the bar were trained by Los Angeles based Linden Wolbert. The article continues with a segment on Mermaid Linden and Fin Fun founder, Karen Browning.

"Last month, the company (Fin Fun) sold 50,000 mermaid tails, which cost a little over $100, and sales appear to be growing."

Did I read that right? Fifty Thousand? The article is a great read, and there are some cool photos and videos that you will enjoy as well.

Mermaid Hannah

This collection of photos of well known mermaid Hannah Fraser are simply beautiful. The article is from Isla Rose at Bored Panda, and is in honor of their charity of the month, The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

"Hannah takes photographs in the ocean with many different creatures but mostly whales, dolphins, sharks and manta rays in an act of advocacy for their plight."

Learn more about The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society at their web site.

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

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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

An Open Letter

Lisa Kaas Boyle is an attorney, a consultant, a writer, and a mermaid. In an open letter to a popular chain of coffee shops, she calls attention to the plastic pollution caused by their containers and straws.

"Plastic straws and stirrers are the Number 7 most common item found on beaches worldwide on International Coastal Cleanup day, the single largest volunteer effort on the planet and source of valuable data for what ails our seas."

The article at Huffington Post Green contains the hard facts around plastic pollution, as well as the steps you can take so that you do not add to the problem. Don't make a mermaid cry.

Even if you don't live near the coast, you can still have your own community cleanup day. Look for plastic bottles and cups scattered around your neighborhood. Save them for your community recycling day.

Dancing Mermaids

This just in from Benbrook, Texas: NBC-5 of Dallas / Fort Worth has the story of wheelchair dancing mermaids in Benbrook. For young girls in wheelchairs, dance routines and a touch of mermaid magic make all the difference.

"The girls have come up with their own adaptations of the 'Whip and Nae Nae' dance and for their big recital, they wore sparkly mermaid tails and danced to a song from The Little Mermaid."

The best part is, the girls are loving it! Check out the article by Amanda Guerra for the full story.

Tails and Fins

In a recent blog post, Stephanie Nelson of NieNie Dialogues tells us how much the girls are loving their new mermaid tails. Of course they are! Stephanie has one, too!

The boys haven't been left out, they are enjoying their new shark fins.

Plenty of great photos in the article, be sure to check it out.

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

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Mermaids of Spain

Susana Seuma
The Wall Street Journal may not be the first place you would look for articles on mermaids, but we merfolk are turning up everywhere these days. On August 27th, the paper covered the story of Susana Seuma, founder of the first mermaid school in Spain.

"After reading about the academy online, an 8-year-old girl from Turkey dragged her family to Spain for a day of swimming you can’t get in Istanbul."

The article and companion video also touch on the controversies around using a mermaid tail in community pools.

Columnist Matt Moffett also interviewed Matthieu J. Guitton, who wrote a paper earlier this year on the communities of Second Life. He was quite impressed with the mermaid community there.

Meet Hannah Fraser

Fans of Mermaid Hannah will want to explore this article by Troy Oakes for the Vision Times. Covering both land and sea, the four videos of Ms. Fraser are sure to entertain, yet they also carry a message.

"Her performance is a protest against Australian shark culling and the global slaughter of sharks."

You may want to also check out the other Wild Life articles featured on the page.

Giant Manta Rays

Next, dive deep with Mermaid Melissa as she visits Queensland's Great Barrier Reef and swims with Giant Manta Rays.

"She twists and turns below the surface of the sea, watching as a group of the rays congregate closer to the ocean floor."

The article is presented by the Daily Mail Australia and Freya Noble.

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

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