Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Mermaid Sighting 1809

On the 8th of September in 1809 the London Times newspaper ran an article by William Munro, a school teacher. The article was an account of his mermaid sighting at Sandside Bay twelve years earlier.


Here is the article.

Dear Sir. About twelve years ago when I was Parochial Schoolmaster at Reay, in the course of my walking on the shore of Sandside Bay, being a fine warm day in summer, I was induced to extend my walk towards Sandside Head, when my attention was arrested by the appearance of a figure resembling an unclothed human female, sitting upon a rock extending into the sea, and apparently in the action of combing its hair, which flowed around its shoulders, and of a light brown color. The resemblance which the figure bore to its prototype in all its visible parts was so striking, that had not the rock on which it was sitting been dangerous for bathing, I would have been constrained to have regarded it as really an human form, and to an eye unaccustomed to the situation, it must have undoubtedly appeared as such. The head was covered with hair of the color above mentioned and shaded on the crown, the forehead round, the face plump. The cheeks ruddy, the eyes blue, the mouth and lips of a natural form, resembling those of a man; the teeth I could not discover, as the mouth was shut; the breasts and abdomen, the arms and fingers of the size in which the hands were employed, did not appear to be webbed, but as to this I am not positive. It remained on the rock three or four minutes after I observed it, and was exercised during that period in combing its hair, which was long and thick, and of which it appeared proud, and then dropped into the sea, which was level with the abdomen, from whence it did not reappear to me, I had a distinct view of its features, being at no great distance on an eminence above the rock on which it was sitting, and the sun brightly shining.
Immediately before its getting into its natural element it seemed to have observed me, as the eyes were directed towards the eminence on which I stood. It may be necessary to remark, that previous to the period I beheld the object, I had heard it frequently reported by several persons, and some of them person whose veracity I never heard disputed, that they had seen such a phenomenon as I have described, though then, like many others, I was not disposed to credit their testimony on this subject. I can say of a truth, that it was only by seeing the phenomenon, I was perfectly convinced of its existence.
If the above narrative can in any degree be subservient towards establishing the existence of a phenomenon hitherto almost incredible to naturalists, or to remove the skepticism of others, who are ready to dispute everything which they cannot fully comprehend, you are welcome to it from,
Your most obliged, and most humble servant,
WILLIAM MUNRO


Munro was not the first person to see a mermaid in that area. In 1804 two girls reported seeing mermaids there. Coincidence? Surely not!

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Mermaid Gloves

Craftaholic has a post about how to make mermaid gloves (it's only 4 years old.) Gorgeous! If only I could knit.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Spot the Mermaids

Just an excuse to post pretty pictures. How many mermaids can you find? Click the link to make the pics bigger.



Friday, June 25, 2010

Mermade Parade

This year at the parade there weren't just mermaids and fish but a whole section of protesters slathered in oil carrying anti-BP signs.

Check out some pictures from the Mermaid Parade here: http://tugster.wordpress.com/2010/06/20/mermaid-parade-2010/  and http://tugster.wordpress.com/2010/06/21/dirty-pictures-mermaid-parade-2010/


Watch some clips from the parade and see Lou Reed and Laurie Anderson start the parade!

Danger level on the rise for great white shark divers at Guadalupe Island

Really interesting article on the Great White Shark dives at Guadalupe by Pete Thomas.

 All I can think of is in Jaws when Quint says "You go inside the cage? Cage goes in the water, you go in the water. Shark's in the water. Our shark."

 

Despite the danger, wouldn't it be amazing to dive and see a great white!? It's definitely on my list of things to do before I die. Of course I wanna do it safely, I don't want it to be the last thing I do.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Tethys and Oceanus

The name Tethys comes from the Greek word tĂȘthĂȘ, "the nurse" or "grandmother."

Tethys was the daughter of Uranus and Gaia and both wife and sister of Oceanus. She was often written of in Greek poetry but never worshiped by people.  She was goddess of the rivers, springs, wells (fresh water,) rain clouds, and mother to about three thousand daughters called the Oceanids (who each embodied a spring or river.) Of their 3000 daughters, some were more important than others. They are Doris, Metis, and Styx.
Oceanos (Okeanos) was the embodiment of the world ocean. Oceanus was said to be a mild god, when the Titans revolted against their father, Oceanus was the only one who did not attack his father. During this war Tethys raised Hera as her step-child. Oceanos was often depicted as a crab-claw horned god with the tail of a serpentine fish in place of legs, similar to his river-god sons, and Tethys was depicted with gray wings on her forehead to represent the rain clouds.


Not only is one of Saturn's moons named after Tethys but an ocean that existed in the Mesozoic era is too.

Monday, June 21, 2010

The Little Mermaid illustrations

Over the years The Little Mermaid has been published over and over again with a variety of artists. Here's a look at some of the different interpretations.




Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Doom Bar

About three-hundred years ago, or so I'm told, a mermaid made her home near the estuary of the River Camel where it meets the Celtic Sea on Cornwall's north coast. The town of Padstow is nearby and so she was called the Mermaid of Padstow.
She was a friendly mermaid and when ships came through she would sing to them and guide them up the river. Sometimes she would sit combing her hair at Hawkers Cove.
Being beautiful, as all mermaids are, a man, Tristram Bird, fell in love with her and asked for her hand in marriage. Not wishing to leave her sea bed she refused. In his anger he shot her (some say with a cannon.)
With her dying breath she laid a curse upon the harbor.  A terrible storm came, wrecking ships and creating a sand bank where she had fallen. This sand bank became known as the Doom Bar for all the ships that have sunk there.
As of two-hundred years ago, when official record keeping began, there have been over six-hundred ships wrecked there.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Mermaid Parade in Coney Island

The infamous Coney Island Mermaid parade is today at 2pm! KING NEPTUNE is  LOU REED with his QUEEN MERMAID LAURIE ANDERSON!

For more information, including a map, head here! 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bahama Breeze

Bahama Breeze is one of my favorite places to eat out because I love the laid back look and feel of the restaurant. One thing I always order is the Breeze Salad because I am in love with the dressing! I just discovered that on their website they have the recipes to make some of their yummy dishes and a recipe for their salad dressing!!

Citrus Vinaigrette
INGREDIENTS:
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2/3 cup rice wine vinegar
1/3 cup orange juice
1 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
1 tsp. honey
2 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. minced shallots
½ tsp. Creole seasoning
2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro
Mix all ingredients together. Refrigerate.

Check out their site and try some of their great recipes! The pan-seared sea scallops look amazing!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Mermaid Short

Mermaid (1964) by Osamu Tezuka. He is often credited as the "Godfather of Anime", and is often considered the Japanese equivalent to Walt Disney. The music is Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun by Claude Debussy.


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Under the Sea: Journey of the Little Mermaid

Construction has begun on “The Little Mermaid” themed ride at both Disney California Adventure (opens in 2011), and the Magic Kingdom (opens in 2012).
The ride is what is called a "dark ride" and will be very similar to the Snow White Scary Adventures ride. You will ride in a colorful shell as Scuttle the Seagull tells you the story of the Little Mermaid. You will be transported under the sea and through the important scenes and songs from the film. One of the most 'looked forward to' parts of the ride will be the audio animatronic Ariel which will feature life-like movements from head to fin, and even have  moving hair.
The attraction is part of the theme park’s more than billion dollar expansion, which includes lots of updates to Fantasyland.
According to various websites a new Mermaid grotto play area with a fountain and sand castle will also be added for children to play in. I believe they will also be moving the Ariel meet and greet closer to the queue area for the ride.
This website (sent to me from a fantastic swimmer, who inspired this post, at the Snow White Sanctum) shows lots of wonderful pre-production images of what the ride will be like.

Shark Week 2010

Ultimate Air Jaws promo for Discovery Channel's Shark Week! Shark Week is my favorite holiday! Better than Christmas!!!





Shark Week starts in August so be prepared for some shark-tastic posts from me!
Monday on the Late Late Show, Craig Ferguson, announced that he will host Shark Week 2010. He also wrote on Twitter: "Watched Jaws on cable. Mistake. Hosting Shark Week now seems foolhardy. Sharks unaffected by sarcasm & self loathing. My only weapons." Ferguson is apparently a big fan of Shark Week, has a shark puppet and has mentioned/done bits about Shark Week on his show for several years. I'll have to look some of this stuff up!


Also Shark Week: Jaws of Steel Collection (all of the 2009 episodes) will be going on sale July 13.



Sunday, June 13, 2010

Visitors

 No mermaids today, just a message to my swimmers!

I've noticed that the visitor count has gone way up lately, so I'd like to encourage anyone visiting, tell me what you've enjoyed reading! Feedback is welcome/wanted and appreciated and letting me know what you enjoy means I'm gonna try and keep putting that sort of stuff up!

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Lost City Tumblr

Somehow our old Mermaid/Sea Stuff Tumblr got deleted, so I had to make a new one. Here's the link.

Enjoy!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

I forgot!

Ondine came out on Friday and I completely forgot about it! Not that I could've seen it...it's a limited release and it isn't playing anywhere near here that I can find. After much searching it seems likely that I'll only be able to watch it if I download it from Amazon.
Anyway since I can't do a review, I instead offer the tale of Ondine (Undine) from German folklore.
Ondine was a beautiful water nymph who lived in the River Danube, and like most mystical beings she was immortal. If she should ever fall in love with a mortal man and have his child, she would become mortal and age and die. Knowing this, she avoided men. Despite her avoidance she somehow crossed paths with the handsome Sir Lawrence and lost her heart to him. He too, was in awe of her beauty and charm and began to spend more and more time with her.  
He eventually decided to make Ondine his wife and broke off his engagement to a young noblewoman Gerta. Sir Lawrence and Ondine were married and Sir Lawrence vowed "My every waking breath shall be my pledge of love and faithfulness to you."
A year after their marriage Ondine gave birth to a beautiful baby boy which couldn't have made the couple happier. Unfortunately after the birth Ondine began to age like a normal mortal.  As Ondine aged, Lawrence lost interest in her and began to carouse with young women at court.
One afternoon while walking near the stables on their estate, Ondine heard her husband snoring. Deciding to surprise him she silently crept into the stables. What she saw broke her heart. There was her husband in the arms of his former fiance Gerta. She had sacrificed her beauty and immortality for this man and he had repaid her by being unfaithful. 
Ondine angrily pointed her finger at Lawrence and he woke feeling as if he had been kicked. When he saw his wife he was embarassed, and that quickly turned to fear. Ondine cursed him, stating, "You swore faithfulness to me with every waking breath, and I accepted your oath. So be it. As long as you are awake, you shall have your breath, but should you ever fall asleep, then that breath will be taken from you and you will die!" With that Ondine was never seen again, some say she took her son with her back to the Danube.
From that day Sir Lawrence tried to stay awake to avoid the curse, but naturally he became fatigued, fell asleep, and died

There is actually a condition that is known as Ondine's Curse ( Congenital Central Hypoventilation Syndrome .)  Basically a person with this disease cannot breathe without thinking about it. If they fall asleep they could suffocate, like Ondine's unfaithful husband, unless someone is around monitoring them.  Scary stuff!

A longer better version of the tale can be read here.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Mermaid Books

Although good mermaid books are few and far between they do appear in most every genre; romance, children, folklore, science fiction, etc. Of course most of the preteen books tend to be a retelling of Andersen's Little Mermaid. There are some notable exceptions like the Emily Windsnap series, which is surprisingly good. Then there are the books that seem like they're gonna be good and end up faking you out. You pick it up because there's a mermaid on the cover and then she's not even in it. Anyway, here's a nice sampling of book covers.



Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Mermaid Sighting 1833

Off the Isle of Yell in 1833, six fishermen reported that their fishing line had become tangled with a mermaid. They said they had kept her on their boat for three hours, and said that she was about three feet long. She ‘offered no resistance nor attempted to bite,' but she moaned horribly. ‘A few stiff bristles were on top of the head, extending down to the shoulder, and these she could erect and depress at pleasure, something like a crest.' She didn't have gills or fins and there were no scales on her body. The fishermen who were very superstitious threw her overboard eventually and said that she dived ‘in a perpendicular direction.'

The story was heard from the skipper by a Mr Edmondson who in turn told the Professor of Natural History at the University of Edinburgh:
"Not one of the six men dreamed of a doubt of its being a mermaid, and it could not be suggested that they were influenced by their fears, for the mermaid is not an object of terror to fishermen, it is rather a welcome guest, and danger is apprehended from its experiencing bad treatment... The usual resources of skepticism that the seals and other sea-animals appearing under certain circumstances operating upon an excited imagination and so producing ocular illusion, cannot avail here. It is quite impossible that six Shetland fishermen could commit such a mistake."

World Oceans Day


June 8th is World Oceans Day

As a result of a United Nations General Assembly resolution passed in December 2008, World Oceans Day is now officially recognized by the UN as June 8th each year.

The concept for a “World Ocean Day” was first proposed in 1992 by the Government of Canada at the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro, and it had been unofficially celebrated every year since then. Since 2002, The Ocean Project and the World Ocean Network have helped to promote and coordinate World Oceans Day events worldwide. We help coordinate events and activities with aquariums, zoos, museums, conservation organizations, universities, schools, and businesses. Each year an increasing number of countries and organizations have been marking June 8th as an opportunity to celebrate our world ocean and our personal connection to the sea.

Together, we also developed and widely circulated a petition to the United Nations urging them to officially recognize World Oceans Day. With help from our Partner organizations, tens of thousands of people from all parts of the world signed online or paper copies of the petition. Congratulations to all for helping to make this happen!

Designation of World Oceans Day provides an important boost to those organizations and individuals who have been deeply committed to ocean conservation. Official UN designation is another important step toward improving the health of our world's ocean.

Now we need to capitalize on this fresh momentum! We hope you will be involved in planning or participating in a World Oceans Day celebration near you!

Please visit the rest of the World Oceans Day website to list your event, get celebration ideas, access the media and outreach kit, and more.

Why Should I Celebrate World Oceans Day?

The world's ocean:

Generates most of the oxygen we breathe
Helps feed us
Regulates our climate
Cleans the water we drink
Offers us a pharmacopoeia of potential medicines
Provides limitless inspiration!

Now we can give back!
Take part in World Oceans Day events and activities this year and help protect our ocean for the future!
It's up to each one of us to help ensure that our ocean is protected and conserved for future generations. World Oceans Day allows us to:
Change perspective - encourage individuals to think about what the ocean means to them and what it has to offer all of us with hopes of conserving it for present and the future generations.
Learn - discover the wealth of diverse and beautiful ocean creatures and habitats, how our daily actions affect them, and how we are all interconnected.
Change our ways - we are all connected to the ocean! By taking care of your backyard, you are acting as a caretaker of our ocean. Making small modifications to your everyday habits will greatly benefit our blue planet.
Celebrate - whether you live inland or on the coast we are all connected to the ocean; take the time to think about how the ocean affects you, and how you affect the ocean, and then organize or participate in activities that celebrate our world ocean.

This is all from the WO website.




Monday, June 7, 2010

The Oil Spill


For those who don't realize how bad the oil spill is Check out this link! It really brings home the reality of the size of this mess.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Expedition Great White

Tonight is the premiere of Natty G's new show, Expedition Great White. It looks like it's going to be pretty good. You can watch the episodes' for free on itunes.

Mermaid Lagoon

Sign me up! I want to go there very very much!



Friday, June 4, 2010

'Jaws' Shark Hunted Down

The star of "Jaws" has been found resting in a Los Angeles junkyard.
No, not Richard Dreyfuss -- the shark! With the 35th anniversary of Steven Spielberg's classic blockbuster just around the corner, an NPR reporter set out to track down the mechanical beast that struck fear into the hearts of so many.
In order to maximize their control over the creature, the "Jaws" filmmakers built three sharks for their 1975 movie. All created from the same mold, the sharks were dubbed "Bruce" after Spielberg's lawyer, Bruce Ramer. The gigantic metal creatures were 25-feet long and weighed hundreds of pounds. The heads alone came in at 400 lbs. apiece, with jaws the size of a small human.
When reporter and "Jaws"-enthusiast Cory Turner set out to track down Bruce's whereabouts, he went straight to the source -- the movie's director. A spokesman for Steven Spielberg explained that the original Bruces had all been destroyed, as no one had thought to save them.
But theories circulated on a Facebook page for the famous shark that another Bruce might be out there. After a little research, Turner discovered that a fourth shark had indeed been cast from the original mold, just months after its brothers were constructed. The baby of the Bruce family was created for display at Universal Studios Theme Park, where it hung by its tail for fifteen years.
In 1990, the shark was taken down and shipped out to destinations unknown. Turner picked up the phone and started dialing junkyards. He finally found the creature in a yard in the Sun Valley area of Southern California -- just minutes away from Universal. Turner brought the team who built Bruce -- art department members Joe Alves and Roy Arbogast to verify the shark's authenticity.
"It's the real one," Arbogast told Turner after examining the creature. "It's just kinda' nice to see it again after 25 or 30 years. It's amazing that it's still here."
Bruce's discovery couldn't come at a better time. There's talk that Universal might be considering a 3D "Jaws" remake -- with comedian Tracy Morgan in the shark-hunter role. Perhaps Bruce will find his way onto the silver screen once again.

-From Yahoo by Liana Maeby · June 4, 2010

Okay, I think Tracy Morgan is funny, but Jaws isn't supposed to be funny. I hope they don't ruin this. Don't ham it up, it's Jaws! It's iconic!
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