Sunday, September 27, 2009

Living, Breathing Mermaids!


I heard reports that there were some mermaids sighted nearby. Tampa to be exact. So I got up early this morning and headed north to check things out. Sure enough, I found some. The Weeki Wachee mermaids were making a special appearance at the Florida Aquarium, and I was there with my trusty camera to capture it all. 45 minutes before they were to start the show, it was already standing room only. By the time the show started, it was squeezing room only. But it was a pretty cool show. Who wouldn't appreciate hot 20-something ladies in tails swimming around with turtles?

The green mermaid appeared to have a slight Christ complex. Or maybe I just caught her at an odd moment. From where I was standing, she was behind a seam in the plexiglas most of the time, so I didn't get too many good pictures of her.

But the blue mermaid was my favorite, and probably the better of the two. These ladies usually perform in fresh, not salt water, and buoyancy is a totally different game here. The blue mermaid had it down pat, though. She also stayed in the water an extra couple of minutes, to let everyone get up close to the glass and get some close-up pictures. After I snapped a few shots, I realized I was the only single male in the room without kids. Everyone else was little girls and families. Lots and lots of little girls.

One thing I didn't get were the dots around her eyes. What's up with that? Is it a mermaid thing? And I can't tell which mermaid this is. Danielle maybe? Hmmm...

7 comments:

stubbysfears said...

Nope. The teeth and nose aren't right for Danielle. The eyes look blue on the full sized picture, so I'm going to guess Shannon. (Of course, I didn't see her in person).

Kinda makes me think of the short lived 1998 show "Maximum Bob" (Beau Bridges was married to a former "mermaid"). Anybody remember that one. Bueller? Bueller?

uncreative said...

LOL I also thought maybe shannon, though carli is close too (hair color is easy to change from whenever those shots were taken)

Ernie said...

Yes, Shannon would be my second guess. Perhaps she'll stop by and tell me for sure. Stop by the condo I mean. And in full mermaid regalia. *sigh* A boy can dream...

Stubby, no idea on that TV show. Didn't they try to make a TV show out of Splash for a bit, too? And I think the Disney channel had a show for a while about teen mermaid angst.

Sweetp said...

I think about our visits to see the mermaids during the mid 60's when I was a kid. I recently tried to describe what I recalled, thanks for the picture to prove I did not make it all up.

Anonymous said...

you old fart

RecordCollector said...

Love the pics

johnny dollar said...

i love weeki wachee - it had been a goal for years to visit, and finally did a little over a year ago. i am so glad places like these are still open - they are becoming more and more rare. great photos!