Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Mermaid Sighting 1430

In 1403 violent storms broke the dykes near Edam, West Friesland in Holland. The low-lying land was flooded and a mermaid floated in through the broken dyke. Some girls from nearby had taken a boat out to milk their cows and saw a mermaid floundering in shallow muddy water. They brought her home and dressed her in women's clothing and fed her. The mermaid hoped to return to the sea but was carefully watched to prevent any escape. Eventually she was taught to weave and spin and show reverence for a Crucifix, but she could never learn to speak. She lived on land for fifteen years and then died. Because she learned to kneel before the Crucifix she was permitted burial in a churchyard.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Spring fashion already?

It's always amused me that the New York Fashion week in September is for the Spring collections. I get that they need time to make the clothes that are ordered but it still seems funny.

At fashion week Marchesa premiered its new underwater fantasy looks. The inspiration for the line came from a painting by Ilya Repin called "Sadko in the Underwater Kingdom."

The line is entirely gowns and evening wear and is full of mermaid shapes and"fish threadwork and oyster silk cording." Feathers were used to give an underwater flowy feel to some dresses and there was tons of scalloped edges and chiffon!

I am completely in love with a few dresses from the line (see below) and sincerely hope that this is the start of a big trend in fashion!

You can see more pictures here

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Mermaid Sighting in a Geico commercial

Saw this last night on TBS!

 Personally I find the mermaid more amazing than the savings, although I do have Geico.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Live WebCam

Seems like Irene is skirting us, we're getting some rain and wind, the beach is definately getting some waves and it's all supposed to get somewhat worse before it's better tomorrow. Thankfullly we're not getting the full force and my wishes and prayers go out to everyone who does.

You can check out the beach via the webcam at this site:

The best one pops out on your screen:

And here's one from the Springmaid pier which updates every so often:

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Classic Movie News

On September 2nd starting at 8 there's a mini-mermaid movie marathon on Turner Classic Movies! Set your DVR, VCR, mindclock or whatever!

They're showing Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid, Beach Blanket Bingo, Miranda and Mad About Men! As of right now only Miranda and Beach Blanket Bingo are available on DVD so this is a great opportunity!

Hopefully soon they'll play Tarzan and the Mermaids and The Mermaids of Tiburon (both of which are available on DVD.)

Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Well it looks as though Irene may hit right around our area, so we're all preparing. We're expecting lots and lots of rain which means our first floor will potentially flood. We're buying a pump for the back yard to hopefully help. Even if she doesn't hit us right on we know we're going to get that rain and the beaches are going to have some killer waves. In preperation the county/state has closed all the beach starting tomorrow night so the Sea Captain and I are heading out very early in the AM to see if we can find some shells. We don't expect to find much but as soon as the storm passes we're expecting some great finds...if we can manage to be among the first back out there. (As you can tell the possability of seashells are my silver lining in this!)

Of course there are other concerns (rain, flooding, winds, do we need to board our windows?) and I'm praying that she heads out east not hitting land at all but that's not something they're predicting. Should we manage to avoid a dead on hit my thoughts and prayers go out to anyone else in Irene's path.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Gaga is finally a mermaid

Gaga finally released her mermaid video for You and I...and it's not what I had expected, of course who could possibly hope to predict what she'll do!? I'm not sure I like it altogether, but it is nice to see her as a mermaid.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Explore "Ocean Mysteries" with Georgia Aquarium and Jeff Corwin

Ocean Mysteries with Jeff Corwin will feature unique creations, exotic locations and fascinating stories, quickly drawing the whole family into the journeys that Jeff and the Georgia Aquarium team take as they unlock the mysteries of the ocean. Ocean Mysteries will air each Saturday morning at 11 a.m. starting September 3 on ABC!

Maybe he'll find a mermaid!?

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Oceanic Whitetip

From its distinctive look to it's easily aggrivated manner it's easy to see why Carcharhinus longimanus, the Oceanic Whitetip, is quickly becoming one of my favorite sharks.
Jacques Cousteau ranked this shark as one of the most dangerous for its brazenness in evaluating prey. 
It's probably one of the most easily recognized sharks as it has very large, rounded dorsal and pectoral fins that are mottled with white on the edges. 
The Oceanic Whitetip is found throughout the world in deep, open water. It is almost never seen in shallow water and therefore not a threat to beachgoers. It is considered one of the four most dangerous sharks to humans on the open ocean and it has been known to bite for no reason.  They are known to be fearless and very aggressive. Divers can safely dive with Whitetips (except in the Red Sea it would seem) but as with all sharks you must use extreme caution. The Whitetip can grow up to 13 feet, so that's one big fish you don't want to mess with!
The Oceanic Whitetip is the most common ship-following shark, and in the 16th century were known to mariners as 'sea dogs.' The Whitetip is believed to be responsible for many of the fatal attacks on plane and shipwreck survivors at sea. Because of this the Oceanic Whitetip is responsible for more fatal attacks on humans than all other species combined. It is only because of the lack of survivors, that the whitetip does not have the highest number of recorded incidents.
The Oceanic Whitetips were responsible for the deaths of many many men when the steamship Nova Scotia was torpedoed and sunk by a German submarine off northern Natal, South Africa in WWII. Of the 900 men on board only 192 survived. The survivors said that most were victims of a "feeding frenzy."  They are also well known for being one of the species of sharks that scavenged on the survivors of the USS Indianapolis. (The other types reported were Mako and Tiger.)

Recent studies show a huge drop in the Whitetip populations because its large fins are highly valued as the chief ingredient of shark fin soup. Their numbers were estimated to have dropped by as much as 70% in the Northwest and Western Central Atlantic between 1992–2000. They have been listed as "Critically Endangered" but so far there has been no sign of improvement.

Hopefully more bans on shark fishing will help the species regroup.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Deep Blue Shark Song

Get your Shark on!

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