Do you believe in mermaids?
With most of our planet covered by water, it’s no wonder that the oceans have been believed to hide mysterious creatures like mermaids. Centuries ago, sailors and residents of coastal towns around the world first told stories of encountering mermaids – in fact, there are a few dozen significant historical claims of mermaid sightings. These legendary sea creatures have long fascinated humans – mermaids have even appeared in cave paintings from the late Stone Age period, some 30,000 years ago!
While modern mermaid reports are very rare, they do occur. For example, as recently as 2009, news reports claimed that a mermaid had been sighted off the coast of Israel, in the town of Kiryat Yam.
Luckily, next week, you won’t have to go far to look for mermaids.
From Saturday, November 3 through Sunday, November 11, Adventure Aquarium guests will have the unique opportunity to be mesmerized by mermaids from the windows of Currents Ballroom, as they dive in our 550,000-gallon Shark Realm exhibit (the largest shark exhibit on the East Coast!) and glide past sharks, stingrays and glittering schools of menhaden.
Visitors will even have the opportunity to meet the mermaids (outside of the water) and pose for photos. Not only that – our mermaids are just as committed as we are to ocean conservation and improving the health of the world’s oceans for the animals that live there, and they can’t wait to share ways that our guests can help protect the oceans, long after their visit.
New this year, you can do more than just meet our mermaids – you can become one! Experience the magical world of Mermaids like never before with our immersive and exclusive Mermaids VIP Encounter, which includes a deluxe face painting, including one-of-a-kind gems and glitter with your choice of an LED hair tinsel or crown. You can also try on a magical mermaid tail and complete your look with an enchanting mermaid wand! For a full list of events, click here.
While stories of them may be ancient, mermaids can still be seen today in many forms outside of the aquarium, whether it be in paintings, films or books — and maybe even in the ocean waves, if we look close enough!