As we near our closing date of Jan. 11, I’m looking back on some inadvertantly mermaid-themed things I did over the holidays. The holiday exhibit at the US Botanic Garden closes in two days, but it took me around and under the seven seas last week. Along with the plants, there are a variety of ships and lighthouses, plus some delightful windows into the undersea world. Keep your eyes peeled—you might spot a mermaid!
This produces hydroelectric power, cleans up plastic waste, and recycles sea water.
The real thing is even scarier (albeit smaller) than our puppet! Check out the first known footage of the anglerfish in its natural habitat.
Check out this artist’s (Sue Austin) trip under the sea in her wheelchair!
Where did early explorers come up with their tales and drawings of strange sea creatures? Grace Consantino of the Biodiversity Heritage Library does some exploration of her own in this article.
Special thanks to Associate Artistic Director & Director of Education Jason King Jones for bringing this to my attention!
In 2008, Disney and the Ad Council worked together on this radio PSA campaign:
In Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo, a “Little Mermaid” story takes on the dark side of all the human rubbish that makes its way into the sea:
Of course, there’s plenty to be done to protect the underwater environment in our own community. Here are some recent articles about conservation and the problems facing the Chesapeake Bay:
Green building of the Brock Environmental Center
A little history on Chesapeake Bay cleanup efforts and legal battles
New study shows economic benefits of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay
Too big for Ariel’s grotto, this human sculpture is designed to help the underwater environment and raise awareness of struggling reefs.