Monday, August 30, 2010

Mermaid Themed Wedding

Prince Nikoloas of Greece and Tatiana Blatnik had a beautiful seaside wedding on the 26th. He’s the son of exiled Greek monarch King Constantine and she is the granddaughter of late US politician John A Blatnik and is the events planner for Diane von Furstenberg. 

 

For their lovely wedding she had her bridesmaids dress as mermaids... well at least emulate mermaids!

 

A lot of people are saying it's tacky, but I think the bridesmaids dresses are much nicer than some I've seen and definitely preferable to the one I had to wear to my cousin's wedding. Plus they match the sea theme of the wedding! The swishy skirts are evocative of the waves and are in lovely colors. The sequin top is borderline, but why have a boring humdrum wedding? A theme wedding is memorable and probably much more fun for the guests (I've had to sit through my share of boring weddings!)

Friday, August 27, 2010

Paris Hilton Mermaid Bikini

It was only a matter of time before Paris Hilton would launch a lingerie line. The Paris Hilton swimwear and lingerie collection for 2010 includes “panties and bras, bikinis and cover-ups that flatter and enhance your assets.”
Unfortunately (or fortunately ;)  for us Americans this collection will only be available in Europe and Asia.

While I'm not sure about a lot of it, I do like the sequins on the bikini that seem to imitate scales. Of course I think it'd only work for lounging. I can just see me steeping out of the pool after a swim missing about half those sequins.Plus they would totally draw ocean predators.


I'm now wondering how 'in to' mermaids Ms. Hilton is. She's got the mermaid swimline, she has her Siren fragrance and in an episode of the Simple Life she and Ms. Richie worked at Weeki Wachee.

I guess if I ever meet her I'll ask.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Bobby Shaftoe


 

Bobby Shaftoe's gone to sea,
Silver buckles at his knee;
He'll come back and marry me,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's bright and fair,
Combing down his yellow hair,
He's my ain for ever mair,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's tall and slim,
He's always dressed so neat and trim,
The lassies they all keek at him,
Bonny Bobby Shaftoe.

Bobby Shaftoe's gett'n a bairn,
For to dandle on his airm,
On his airm and on his knee,
Bobby Shaftoe loves me.


The song is from the 1700s and most likely refers to Robert Shaftoe (d. 1797) a member of parliament. It relates (supposedly) how he broke the heart of Bridget Belasyse when he married Anne Duncombe. Bridget Belasyse is said to have died two weeks after hearing of his marriage.

Monday, August 23, 2010

The Little Mermaid's Birthday Celebration


BEIJING, Aug. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- Four boys in the uniform of the Danish royal bodyguard played flutes and drums yesterday near the pool of the Denmark Pavilion where the Little Mermaid sits, launching a three-day celebration of the icon's 97th anniversary.
Tomorrow's birthday is the first to be celebrated outside Copenhagen since the statue was placed on the edge of the city's harbor on August 23, 1913.
"We will give the Little Mermaid a big party, because she deserves a break after she has been working hard at the Expo," said Christopher Bramsen, commissioner general of Denmark.
Tomorrow's celebrations will begin with a splash at 10am. Three synchronized swimmers will perform the Little Mermaid story written by Hans Christian Andersen in the pool.
A four-year-old Shanghai girl whose birthday is also tomorrow will present flowers to the statue. The girl's father sent an e-mail to the pavilion asking if his daughter could give flowers to the Little Mermaid.
Girls of all ages will be invited to jump into the water to celebrate the birthday, a tradition in Denmark.
In Copenhagen, local residents will pose on the stone where the Little Mermaid sat before her journey to Shanghai to celebrate the big day. A big screen has been installed at the harbor showing the statue at the Expo pavilion.
At 5pm tomorrow, the pavilion will ask staff and visitors to wave to the camera in front of the mermaid for the people in Copenhagen to see. The time difference between Shanghai and Copenhagen is about 6 hours.
"This is also a great opportunity to give our visitors the chance to have fun experiencing some of the best of Danish culture," Bramsen said.
During the three-day celebration, visitors can join a paper-cutting workshop taught by Chinese and Danish artists -- paper-cutting was one of Hans Christian Andersen's favorite activities.
The celebration also features reading of Hans Christian Andersen fairytales by Danish staff in both Chinese and Danish.
Some areas have been set up in front of the pavilion for children to draw and play with toys. Pavilion staff will also teach basic Danish phrases and facts about Denmark.
"The celebration is aimed at children and those still young at heart," Bramsen said.
Tomorrow, visitors will be allowed to sit on a large stone which was brought from Copenhagen harbor, to pose like the Little Mermaid for pictures.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Ocean-inspired bedroom makeover

Thirteen year old Claire Wineland gets a sweet room makeover thanks to Make-A-Wish and Kim Myles of HGTV's "Myles of Style"!

I've never actually seen the show "Myles of styles" but I am an occasional fan of makeover home shows (as long as it's not Ty Pennington.) This room incorporates exactly what I like in a house; watery blues, shells and white-wash wood! I especially like the giant clam and the Waterhouse print.

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Sea Nymph And The Cyclops

This story comes to us from Greece and was adapted by Mary Pope Osbourne in her fantastic book Mermaid Tales From Around The World.


Long ago, in ancient Greece, a Cyclops lived in an island cave.  The Cyclops was a hideous monster.  He had a hairy body as tall as a mountain, and in the middle of his forehead was one huge rolling eye.
        For centuries the Cyclops lived a lonely horrid life.  Even the forest dropped all its leaves in fright when the monster lumbered about the island. No humans ever willingly went near him-and with good reason: When a sailing ship strayed near his cave, the Cyclops caught the sailors and ate them for breakfast.
         But one day an astonishing thing happened to the Cyclops.  He fell in love with a sea nymph.  Her name was Galatea and she was the daughter of the sea god, Nereus.  Galatea was a charming and mocking nymph who spent her day swimming with her mermaid sisters or playing with her friend, Acis. Acis, the son of Pan, was a beautiful sixteen - year - old youth whom Galatea loved very much.
         As much as Galatea loved Acis, she despised the ugly Cyclops.  The Cyclops, however, yearned for the sea nymph, and his love for her made his personality change.  He became kinder and more tender.  He lost his taste for human blood.  Rather than try to capture the sailors who sailed near his shore, he waved to them cheerfully.  But most amazing of all, the Cyclops even began to care about his appearance.  He stared into pools of water, searching for his reflection.  He tried to comb his shaggy hair and cut his bushy beard.
        The Cyclops' only friends were his flock of sheep. One day they followed him about the island as he searched for Galatea.  Carrying a pine stick as tall as a ship's mast, he tramped along the shore.  When his enormous feet grew tired, he sat on a rocky peninsula that jutted into the sea. As the waves splashed the gray rocks, the Cyclops played his homemade reed pipe.  His music was so loud and hideous it made the mountains and waves tremble.
        Little did the Cyclops know that Galatea and Acis were nearby embracing behind a rock.  The Cyclops began to sing a love song.
0 Galatea, more lovely than the winter sun,


Sweeter than autumn grapes, 
Softer than a swan's down ...

        The Cyclops heard laughter. He stopped singing and listened. After a moment of silence, he began again:

0 Galatea, I'll give you anythmg. 
Every grape, every strawberry, 
All the little deer, rabbits, and bear cubs 
You can have them for toys.

        The Cyclops heard more laughter.  He stopped singing and his one eye rolled suspiciously as he searched the shore.  After a moment of silence, he began singing again:

0 Galatea, 
I've looked at myself in the pool water. 
The more I looked, the more I liked what I saw. 
       More laughter! The Cyclops was starting to get angry. He stood up and sang in a booming voice:

O Galatea, more stubborn than a cow.
Harder than an oak,
Vainer than a peacock,
Meaner than a snake 

        Again, the Cyclops heard mocking laughter. He shook his walking stick at the sky and roared:

Galatea, listen to me!
Do you know who I am?
I own this island!
Each cave is mine! Each tree!
         The Cyclops charged onto the shore. Huffing and puffing, he tramped all over the island, searching for the sea nymph.  He lumbered over pastures and through woodlands.
          The frightened couple tried to hide under a heap of rocks on the shore, but the Cyclops finally tracked them down.  He glared at them with his huge rolling eye, and bellowed at Galatea,  "I see you with him!  But this is the last time you will ever be together!"  His voice was so loud it shook Mt. Aetna with its echoes.
         As the Cyclops thundered towards them, the sea nymph escaped by diving into the sea.  But Acis was not a sea - born creature.  He had no choice but to take off running.  The Cyclops chased the boy along is the shore.  The monster tore a ton of rock from the mountain and hurled it at Acis.  The giant rock buried the boy, killing him instantly.
         When the Cyclops calmed down, he felt ashamed of murdering Acis. Furthermore, now he was certain he would never win the nymph, Galatea; so he hung his shaggy head and slouched away with his sheep. 
         Once the Cyclops was gone, Galatea crept out of the sea.  When she realized what had happened to Acis, she screamed and fell to the ground.  As she mourned the loss of her beloved, she regretted taunting the Cyclops.  She asked the gods to forgive her for using her charms unwisely. 
        As if in answer to Galatea's prayer, blood flowed from the rock that had crushed Acis.  Then melted snow and spring rains streamed out.
        The blood, snow, and rain all ran together until the mighty boulder cracked, and a river raged forth.  Then an even greater miracle occurred: A boy, as blue as the sea and as tall as a giant, stood waist - high in the flowing river.  The boy was Acis; and from that day on, he was a mighty river god. 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Bull Shark spotted in Chattahoochee?

Supposedly a fisherman and a friend spotted a Bull Shark in the Chattahoochee river near Columbus, Georgia yesterday. More details here
It's probably a hoax but there is still a chance it could be true.  Bull Sharks have been found in rivers as far inland as Indiana! There are even Bull sharks living in Lake Nicaragua! So just because you're in a lake or river, you're not 100% safe from sharks. Bull sharks are very aggressive, extremely territorial and are among the three species most likely to attack humans.

Gaga the Sea Nymph?

More magazine stuff today!

Lady Gaga is on the cover of the September issue of Vanity Fair looking very much like some sort of Nereid or Mermaid. Check out that seashell collar and the long breast-covering hair.

Now it isn't stated that she's  "channeling the mermaid," but she sure looks like it to me.

Also, I hear there is a big to-do over what polish she is wearing, it's Waking up in Vegas by Deborah Lippmann.


July 2010 Korean Vogue

Boy am I ever slow about finding things out.


I dont' know who the model is, I only know it's from the July issue of Korean Vogue. The pictures are lovely (and so is her tail!)

Monday, August 16, 2010

Mermaid gets a top

The owners at Chessington’s Sea Life center have decided to put a top on their mermaid. Manager Justine Locker said: “We hadn't noticed quite how buxom Sally was until we clocked young boys, and not so young boys, spending a lot of time ogling her in the walkthrough ocean tunnel. Since then, none of us can avoid what is starring us straight in the face, so it's time for a cover-up


In my opinion more people are gonna stop and look at her breasts now because they notice the top.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Weeki Wachee State Park celebrates 75 years of State Parks

This weekend Weeki Wachee park in FL celebrates the 75th anniversary of Florida State parks with specials on Saturday and Sunday (today and tomorrow!)

To clarify (since there seems to be some confusion,) this is not the Weeki Wachee anniversary, this is the anniversary of the State Park system in Fla. 

The special event features a history presentation about Florida State Parks from the Civilian Conservation Corps and special mermaid performances from both current and former park mermaids. There will be information on the 159 other state parks set up in several information booths.
One booth will be dedicated to information all about Weeki Wachee's history from the time it first opened on Oct. 13, 1947 ( it was created by Newton Perry, an ex-navy frogman, who used underwater air hose breathing techniques for the show) all the way until today. There will be photo opportunities with the mermaids in retro mermaid tails and swimsuits as well as vintage props from old shows.
The 538 acre park, which is  the deepest fresh water cave system in the United States and the only water park that is fed completely by freshwater springs, has canoe and kayak rentals, volleyball and swimming at Buccaneer Bay (also there are water slides) with white sands and covered picnic areas.
The event is free with regular paid park admission. The event will begin at 10am and end at 5pm.

The Saturday and Sunday schedule is:


THE LITTLE MERMAID
11:00
SEE THE LITTLE MERMAID AS SHE YEARNS TO FIND HER PRINCE
AND GROW LEGS INSTEAD OF A TAIL, JUST LIKE HER STATUE.
LOCATED IN THE UNDERWATER THEATER.
MERMAIDS OF YESTERYEAR
12:00 & 3:00
SEE THE MERMAIDS OF DECADES PAST AS THEY PERFORM
FOR YOU AS THEY HAVE SINCE 1947.
LOCATED IN THE UNDERWATER THEATER.
TRIBUTE TO STATE PARKS
1:00
SEE THE MERMAIDS CELEBRATE 75 YEARS OF HISTORY
WITH STATE PARKS.
LOCATED IN THE UNDERWATER THEATER.
MERMAID CALENDAR SIGNING
2:00
WITH PHOTOGRAPHER ANDREW BRUSSO AND MERMAIDS.
LOCATED IN FRONT OF THE UNDERWATER THEATER.
CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORE
2:00
LEARN HOW THE CIVILIAN CONSERVATION CORE GOT STARTED AND WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO THE PARK SERVICE HISTORY.
LOCATED IN THE RIVERSIDE THEATER
ANIMAL SHOW
10:30, 12:00 & 2:45
LOCATED IN THE RIVERSIDE THEATER.
WILDERNESS RIVER CRUISE
FIRST CRUISE DEPARTS AT 10:15.
CHECK AT BOAT DOCK FOR DEPARTURE TIMES.
DUE TO LIMITED SEATING WE CAN ASSURE THAT ALL GUESTS
 WILL BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS ATTRACTION.



Weeki Wachee Springs is located at US Highway 19 and State Road 50, south of Homosassa Springs and north of Spring Hill.

For more information on Weeki Wachee visit http://www.weekiwachee.com/

Friday, August 13, 2010

Zennor Mermaid part 2

If you remember I've already written about the mermaid of Zennor and the bench end. Here is an addition to the tale that I recently came across.

Several years after Matthew Trewella's disappearance  a mermaid rose from the sea bed to complain with the captain of a ship lying off Pendower Cove. His anchor was laying across her door under the sea and prevented her from going home to her husband, Matthew Trewella and their children. The captian gave orders, the anchor was drawn up, and upon their return to Zennor the captain spread the word of Matthew's fate. The villagers, in an effort to warn other young men of Matthew's fate (remember by taking to the sea he gave up his soul,) had the image of the mermaid carved in holy-oak in the church.

In another version of this part of the tale, it is Matthew who asks the sailors to move anchor as his wife is trapped in the house and they don't want to be late for church.  This is of course probably not the version circulated by the church. It probably comes to us from the belief that everything on land had a under sea counterpart; Sea cats and dogs, and under sea churches, etc.

At any rate, it is an interesting addition to a very fine tale.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Live Action The Little Mermaid

According to Variety, Joe Wright (Atonement) is gearing up to direct a live action adaptation of the Hans Christian Anderson classic (the working title is 'Mermaid'.) I've read that we'll be seeing the darker aspects of the story on screen (like her tongue getting cut out, her feet bleeding and the almost murder of the prince!)

Andersen's story was first published in 1837 and has been adapted numerous times for stage and screen. Wright's version is inspired by a children's puppet theatre production of the classic at London's Little Angel Theatre Company. Abi Morgan (Brick Lane) is writing the screen play.

Belated Shark Week video

My dad made this on Jib Jab for shark week, a bit late but still funny.



Personalize funny videos and birthday eCards at JibJab!

My dad's the 'smart one' in case you were wondering.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Monster High

Oh to be 10 again. . .
Monster High is a line of freakishly fabulous monster dolls by Mattel. Each figure is either related to, or the offspring of, one of the classic Hollywood monsters (I always had a soft spot for the Universal horror films.)
If you check out the website there are webisodes (WARNING if you are over 15 you may have an aneurysm from the episodes) and in September a book will be released. There are also rumors of a movie from Universal. The series is all about fitting in, which is of course really important for tweens and teens and well everyone really. I can also see where the reemergence of the goth trend (thanks to Twilight) has influenced this.

The reason I bring this up, is one of the characters, Lagoona Blue, is the daughter of the Sea Monster (although she looks more like 'the creature' from the Black Lagoon movies.) She's fabulously fishy! I'm not much of a doll collector (I've got my sea wees from childhood and my Limited edition Snow White,) but I do think she'd look cute on my desk.

Little John Bottlejohn


Little John Bottlejohn lived on the hill,
and a blithe little man was he.
And he won the heart of a pretty mermaid
Who lived in the deep blue sea.
And every evening she used to sit
And sing by the rocks of the sea,
"Oh! little John Bottlejohn, pretty John Bottlejohn,
Won't you come out to me?"
Little John Bottlejohn heard her song,
And he opened his little door,
And he hopped and he skipped,
and he skipped and he hopped,
Until he came down to the shore.
And there on the rocks sat the little mermaid,
And still she was singing so free,
"Oh! little John Bottlejohn, pretty John Bottlejohn,
Won't you come out to me?"
Little John Bottlejohn made a bow,
And the mermaid, she made one too;
And she said, "Oh! I never saw anyone half
So perfectly sweet as you!
In my lovely home 'neath the ocean foam,
How happy we both might be!
Oh! little John Bottlejohn, pretty John Bottlejohn,
Won't you come down with me?"
Little John Bottlejohn said, "Oh yes!
I'll willingly go with you,
And I never shall quail at the sight of your tail,
For perhaps I may grow one, too."
So he took her hand, and he left the land,
And plunged in the foaming main.
And little John Bottlejohn, pretty John Bottlejohn,
Never was seen again.

 
Laura E. Richards

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

More on Mermaid Hair

Real Beauty has a nice article on how to make your hair mermaid wavy. The writer, Amber, calls it a "merm" (sounds like perm!) The best part is that it has pictures to help illustrate how-to in five easy steps!

Summer is the perfect time to try this look especially since the humidity makes it hard to keep a blow out from frizzing.

If you recall, I've previously posted on how to achieve fintastic mermaid hair. Check out that post here.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Empires of the Deep

I found some pictures of the 2011 (hopefully) movie Empires of the Deep.


"The fantasy adventure, set in ancient Greece, tells about a young man’s adventure in the undersea mermaid kingdom in order to save his father, while encountering ferocious sea monsters and gets involved in large-scale battles in the seabed between mermaids, monsters and demons."

You can find more pictures and more information on the movie here.

Ralph Cahoon mermaid exhibit

The Cape Cod Times has an article on a new exhibit, "Chasing the Mermaids," which will be at the Cahoon Museum of American Art in Cotuit until September 19th. (There's another article here.)

Ralph Cahoon instantly became my favorite artist the moment I laid my eyes on his painting Bon Appetit'. It was playful and so detailed. There is something very special about the simple whimsical scenes he and his wife created and I can't look at them and not smile. Even former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy admired Cahoons mermaids and purchased two paintings for the White House.

It is a dream of mine to own a Cahoon original.

Find out more about Ralph and Martha Cahoon here. And don't forget to visit the gift shop!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Last day for sharks

Well, today is the last day of Shark Week...at least until next year. I hope you've enjoyed the shark posts as much as I've enjoyed writing them.
Of course just because Shark Week is over doesn't mean we won't periodically post about interesting shark news as it happens, but for the time being we return to our regular schedule of mermaid miscellany.

Good Night and Good Shark!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Shark Week Rules

While I love nothing more than sitting back and listening to people talk about how they were attacked by a shark, whatching Day of the Shark 3 turned into a bore-fest. As each situation was described, the setting, the time of day, the behavior of the person, I bacame bored....it was so obvious to me why these people were attacked...it was all so predictable. Have people learned nothing from Shark Week?


Let's go over the things that put you at risk for a shark attack:

  1. Don't swim in murky water. How can you avoid something that can smell you, but you can't see it?
  2. Don't swim where fresh water and salt water meet. This is where sharks, especially Bull sharks have their pups...this is just asking to get bitten by a Bull shark.
  3. Don't swim in the early morning, in the evening (dusk,) or at night. Dawn and dusk are when the sharks feed and at night (like in murky water) you can't see.
  4. Don't wear shiny things or bright colors. Shiny looks like scales and bright colors are extra visible to sharks.
  5. Do not walk or swim erratically in the water. Sharks will see you as a struggling fish and that means easy prey.
  6. Do not stand in the water while you fish. For that matter don't swim anywhere near anything or anyone is fishing. Schools of fish are an attractive easy meal for sharks, plus the fish you pull out on your fishing hook is both bleeding and struggling...that's calling the shark to come on over.
  7. Do you see dolphins in the water? Do you see birds diving? Chances are they are feeding which means the sharks will be there soon.
  8. Don't swim alone. Sharks are more likely to attack you if you are alone, plus if you do get bitten, who is gonna drag your bleeding ass out of the water?
  9. Number nine isn't really a rule that many people follow or suggest, but over the years of watching shark week, I suggest you stay away from kayaks and surfboards. They make you look like a seal and therefore delicious, especially to Great Whites.
Now, just because you follow all of these rules doesn't mean you are 100% safe, you still could be bitten by a shark, and contrariwise, just because you ignore these rules it doesn't mean you will be bitten by a shark.  However not following these rules means you are more likely to be bitten by a shark. Of course more people are killed by falling coconuts than by sharks.

If you are bitten by a shark, do whatever it takes to get away, but keep in mind, if you stick your hands in the sharks mouth to pry it away, you are gonna lose those hands.
Also remember that despite the fact that the shark is attacking you, it's probably not that interested in eating you.

So, swim carefully, be responsible and always be aware of your surroundings. Sharks aren't out to get you and really aren't a danger unless you are being foolish.

Oh and also remember, if you think there is a shark at your door, don't open it just because it says it's a dolphin.

Great White Mania



It's true that the Great White is the most famous and most misdiagnosed shark. Thanks to jaws everyone thinks every shark they see is a Great White.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Those ladies know how to have a good time!

Poseidon Shoes

Christian Louboutin 'Poseidon' peep-toe pumps are so splashtacular! They would be perfect for my birthday today! 
They are a mirrored leather peep toe with fish-like scales stitched onto the shoe and stiletto heel. They have a 4.5 inch heel and a 1 inch platform. Gold and silver are the two most common colors.

These fab shoes are almost impossible to find anymore (especially in my size) even though they only came out this spring. They run about $1,195.00 if you can even find them (I have seen some on sale in places.) They seem to be rather popular as I've seen them on the red carpet quite a bit since spring.
If you are interested, I suggest ebay or hotreplicas (although as the name indicates they are merely replicas, still for the price they're nice!)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week

Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week was one of the best new Shark Week episodes I've seen! Craig, at first seemed all talk, and when it came time to dive with the sharks he was understandably nervous. The dive instructors and producers assured him it was all safe and fine but hello!, he's no fool, he's been watching Shark Week for years, people get bit and it's bad! However, after meeting with various people, he nervous but ready. You can see that he's scared down there with those sharks, especially as one zips past his face...wow! And yet, he goes down again, this time to feed them! And he's fine, he smiles, he even pets a shark in tonic. The best part (other than the funny lines) when he surfaces after feeding them and says, “That was fantastic. They are so beautiful. They are fantastic. Oh, they are so nice. They’re like really big dogs, aren’t they?” 

So what did we learn? An average guy, who knows very little about diving, and very little about sharks (except what we all have learned from watching SW) was perfectly safe and fine. As long as we treat them with respect and are careful (follow the rules of shark week) we have nothing to fear from them.

Check out all of Craig's clips from Shark Bites: Adventures in Shark Week, or better yet catch the whole show when it replays on the 7th at 3pm est.

Also check this out:

Shark Ad

Is this ad for real?

Shark!!!!

Hilarious ad!!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Random Shark

The Aquaman Shrine has got some random shark panels and shark facts up this week to celebrate Shark Week! Go check them out!

Megalodon

Ever since I was a kid I have been fascinated by sharks.  My favorite was The Great White, Carcharodon carcharias! The biggest baddest of them all. At least that's what most people think (mostly thanks to Jaws.) In reality the baddest shark is probably the Bull shark, (although some (Jacques Cousteau) would argue that the Oceanic White Tip is the most dangerous.) Bulls are the most aggressive sharks there are, and are credited with the most attacks on humans near shore. Despite not being the most vicious, the great white is, most likely, the largest meat eating shark alive today, but its ancestor the Megalodon was even bigger! How big? Average size is theorized to be around 67 ft in length and 103 metric tons in weight, (of course they could have been bigger.) That's big enough to swallow a Great White shark whole. Just imagine if that shark was around today! Swimming, sailing, surfing, anything done in the ocean, would probably be incredibly dangerous.

Now what exactly did this monster eat? There is evidence that megalodon preyed upon a variety of marine animals including sperm whales, bowhead whales,  dolphins, porpoises and even giant sea turtles. Due to its size, megalodon would have fed primarily on large animals, and whales were likely an important food source. According to wiki many whale bones have been found with clear signs of large bite marks (deep gashes) made by the teeth that match those of C. megalodon, and various excavations have revealed C. megalodon teeth lying close to the chewed remains of whales, and sometimes even embedded in them.

Thank goodness they're extinct.

Jaws 5: Fire Island

Greatest shark clip ever!



Ha Ha!

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Shark Rant!!!

Forgive the rant!

I've lately found that online, Shark Week and more specifically the Discovery Channel take a lot of heat (see this ridiculous petition) for supposedly promoting the image of Sharks as senseless eating/killing machines.  I have been watching Shark Week forever and do not find this to be true.
I've learned that shark attacks are very rare and can usually be prevented. From watching the Discovery Channel I know to avoid the water at dawn, dusk, or night, not to swim alone, to avoid swimming with jewelry on, not to swim with pets, and to most certainly not swim while bleeding.
I've learned that sharks are endangered and killed senselessly (humans kill 100 million sharks each year) which is of course helping to destroy the ecosystem. I've learned that several thousand people die annually from lightning strikes, whereas in 2000, the year the US had the most shark attacks ever, only 79 people were attacked, and of those only 16 died.

The Discovery Channel is not all fear-mongering when it comes to sharks (although I admit there is some) there are lessons to be learned.  Shark attacks do happen and it wouldn't be right for them not to show it. Catchy titles grab attention, they reel you in with blood and gore, but you walk away learning something. It would be unrealistic to expect to watch and not see a few shark attacks. I honestly would like to see more shows about shark conservation but I still feel the shows they have shouldn't be blasted.

Just last year Discovery Channel ran public service announcements " to end the illegal, but prominent, practice of shark finning, a brutal process of removing sharks’ fins that sometimes ends in poachers throwing a live shark overboard, letting it bleed to death as it sinks to the ocean floor." Shark finning has reduced the shark population by 90 percent over the last 50 years, and certain species are down 95 percent.

So before you go off on how Shark Week and the Discovery Channel are so bad why not watch it and see for yourselves!?

End of rant.

What kind of shark are you?

I'm a Great White (Carcharodon carcharias)! Go figure, they are my favorites!

Name: Great White Shark
Latin Name: Carcharodon carcharias
Nickname: "Ragged Tooth"
Activities: Wishing I hadn't starred in those Jaws movies. Now all the humans want a piece of me.
Fave Hangout: If the seals are there, I'm there.
One thing to know about me: When I get my mouth around some prey, I shake it back and forth like a dog. That's how body parts get torn off.



Go here to find out what you are! And keep watching Shark week on the discovery channel!

Monday, August 2, 2010

Oops

Seems like I goofed on the Shark Week schedule (Man vs. Mako didn't show up tonight!)

Go here for the real deal.

Sleeping with the fishes

chumbuddyOr in the fishes! Sharks to be exact!! Sleeping with the fishes would be more of a Troy McClure/Kanye West type of thing.



Patched Together has a "Chum Buddy" sleeping bag that is 7 feet long, hand sewn and about 30 lbs (poly-fill.) It's a whopping $200 (free shipping to continental US)  which is pricey, but of course you've got to pay the big bucks for something this cool! You can bet, as soon as they're available, I am getting one of these!

And what gift goes with this ultra cool sleeping bag? Shark slippers!!  Cuddly, fuzzy and only $13! Get them here

  

Bored?

Are you bored waiting for the next exciting new shark week episode?
Try the Shark Munch Game on the Discovery Channel website. In fact there is quite a lot to keep you occupied there; photos, games, episodes, etc!

Check out the Shark Cam and see live feedings and stuff from the Georgia Aquarium!

How about "Sharking" Yourself. All you need to do is upload a photo and turn yourself into a shark!!

Try a few Shark Week cocktails!

When in doubt just watch a bunch of shark clips, including some from the Mythbusters Jaws special!

Happy Shark Week everyone!

And, if you didn't catch Ultimate Air Jaws...shame on you! It was effin AWESOME!!! Check it out on the replay Wednesday at 9 est and on Saturday at 8 est.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Shark Bites and childhood memories


I think my love of sharks stems from a childhood toy I had of Jaws. It was actually the integral piece of a game but I had no idea. We picked it up when I was three at a yard sale and I'd play with him in the bath with my Sea Wees.

Sharks were the epitome of bad-ass when I was a kid and I always rooted for Jaws to eat everyone! I vaguely remember crying the first time I saw Jaws 3 because the shark died.As I got older (you know, like 9) there seemed to be a swarm of shark related stuff and I fell for sharks all over again. Mostly because of a snack. That's right Shark Bites were awesome! I remember that they didn't put a great white in every pack so they were rare and therefore sought after. The commercial of course way over-hyped it but I bought it hook, line, and sinker. (Pun definitely intended!)
I also remember seeing a Shark Attack game, also not nearly as cool as it seemed in the commercial, but I clearly remember wanting one.
After that there wasn't anything shark I wasn't into. On my first stateside trip to the beach I spent my money on a hat that was "blood-stained" and had a bite taken out of it.

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