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8 Fun Facts About Mermaids

on October 22, 2014

After a temporary hiatus from the blogosphere, I’m back–and feeling blessed. This past weekend, Antonio and I welcomed our sweet beautiful baby girl, Xaviana Rose, into the world, so I’ve been a bit preoccupied, to say the least. 😉

However, I’m super excited to share this blog post with you. On Friday, October 24th, I will be launching a brand-new eBook in a brand-new genre! The Mermaid’s Curse is part historical fiction, part fantasy, and chock-full of romance and intrigue. The writing process was so much fun; after all, I am a product of “The Little Mermaid” generation, and writing about mermaids is the perfect way to let my imagination run wild. And although the total fact immersion of research can be tedious, researching mermaids felt more like entertainment, especially here in Southern California where all I had to do for inspiration was hit the beach!

Here are 8 facts you probably never knew about mermaids!

Here are 8 fun facts I learned about mermaids, through countless hours of reading mermaid lure, watching shows about mermaids, and, of course, overdosing on YA mermaid fiction eBooks. I hope you learn something new and fanciful. 🙂 Many of my facts came from the book Among the Mermaids: Facts, Myths and Enchantments from the Sirens of the Sea by Varla Ventura. I would definitely recommend that you check it out.

  1. The first mermaid stories appeared in ancient Assyrian mythology. After conceiving a child with a mortal, the goddess Atargatis transformed herself into a mermaid out of shame, plunging into a lake and morphing into a creature with the head of a human and the body of a fish.
  2. Although I write about mermaids in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California, mermaid stories have been passed down through the generations in nearly all cultures close to bodies of water. For example, nineteenth-century Europeans depicted mermaids as healers who offered medicinal potions to sailors, while African myths tell of a mermaid called Yemaya, who was the goddess of water and the symbol of fertility, since water is the lifeblood of everything on land. The ancient Chinese told stories of mermaids putting fishermen into comas when they sang their enchanted songs.
  3. According to some folklore, a mermaid’s kiss is said to infuse a human with the ability to travel underwater.
  4. Historians believe that the mermaid “sightings” of early sailors and explorers were not just folktales or products of overactive imaginations. It is theorized that the sailors mistook manatees for mermaids!
  5. If you’re looking for amazing places to shop for mermaid merchandise and books, head to San Diego! I’ve discovered several mermaid stores nearby, including Mermaid’s Cove in Old Town and Mermaids in Carlsbad.
  6. There is a real-life “mermaid” from Australia named Hannah Mermaid. Not only does she custom-design mermaid tails, she performs underwater shows with sharks, dolphins, manta rays, and more. She is also an advocate of ocean life, supporting charities and commercial ventures alike.
  7. Several schools have opened for people who want to learn how to swim like a mermaid, including one in the Phillipines and another in Colorado Springs.
  8. Florida is home to Weeki Wachee Springs, a park where guests can watch fun underwater shows featuring “mermaids.” My parents took my brother and me there when we were little, but the attraction was in its peak of popularity in the 1950s and ’60s, when stars such as Elvis Presley headed over to check out the underwater beauties.

There you have it–8 things you probably never knew about mermaids. I hope these facts amp up your anticipation for The Mermaid’s Curse, and I’ll keep you posted on the release!

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