Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Drowning in Plastic

Recently, Bored Panda featured an article on photographer Benjamin Von Wong. Quite a few other news outlets have also carried the story.

The photographer created a number of photos of mermaids drowning in an ocean of ten thousand plastic bottles. This was done to draw attention to the effects of plastic pollution in our oceans and waterways.

"Statistically, an average American uses about 167 plastic bottles each year, so by the time he’s 60 the total will be around 10,000."

The article features a number of Benjamin Von Wong's photographs. There is also background information on how the shots were created.

Mermaid Stuff

In a humorous article found at Slate, Heather Schwedel discusses the hottest new trend, Mermaid Stuff. She warns us not to allow mermaids to distract us from current events.

"It’s dark in the ocean, for one thing. There are sea witches lurking everywhere. Ocean monarchies might be even more patriarchal than above-ground ones — we just don't know."

I hope you enjoy the article, but do not be distracted by the gold mermaid in the photo.

Five Years

Today (December 20th) marks the fifth anniversary of this blog! A total of 249 Cynthia Mermaid articles have been posted so far.

Here are the most popular blog posts from the past five years:

Mako Mermaids - My post on the sequel to H2O: Just Add Water earns my most popular blog post award with over 3550 views.

Rare Whale - Second place goes to the Spade-Toothed Beaked Whales featured in this blog post.

Merman Patrick - My interview of Merman Patrick has been my most popular interview.

Giant Squid - The giant squid has many fans.

Ocean Minds and More - This blog post covered the Ocean Minds web site as well as mermaid themed recipes.

Mermish 101 - A number of mermaid language dialects have been created, but which ones are actually useful?

Tail Makers - Ready to discover your inner mermaid or merman? Here is where you can buy yourself a tail.

Thank you all for your readership these past five years. Send me an email at the address below to help spread the word about YOUR mer activities. You may also write to request that I interview you for a future blog post.

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

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