Well, sort of as I’ll explain – but in 2012 and 2013, Animal Planet left a lot of people with the impression that mermaids really exist after running two “mockumentaries” (a.k.a. docufiction – fake documentaries) about them. Authorities and Animal Planet quickly set the record straight, and this would be old news except that rather than dampen people’s fascination with the myth of mermaids, it added fuel to an already blazing fire. Mermaids and mermaid lore are nothing new, yet in the last few years, public interest has ballooned to unprecedented levels. Why?
November 28th kicked off the beginning of Hannukkah, an eight-day Jewish holiday known as the “Festival of Lights.” It is celebrated in late Nov. or early Dec. The lighting of nine candles in a special holder called a Menorah commemorates this glow-filled holiday.
In everyday life we often hear the phrase ‘where there’s a will there’s a way’ used to assimilate a person’s desire to achieve what some may consider impossible. For people with disabilities, whether born with or acquired due to illness or accident, overcoming challenging situations becomes part of daily life.
Scuba diving doesn’t need to be relegated to saltwater locales, there are freshwater sites around the world where you can see amazing things. While the salty depths provide vibrant, colorful vistas, freshwater diving offers unexpected sights and new perspectives.
A PADI® Freediver Instructor, Advanced Open Water Diver and founder of Black Mermaid Foundation – an organization that bring kids from ocean facing communities into contact with the ocean – Zandile is combating negative cultural narratives about Black people and their relationship with the ocean while supporting young South Africans in building a personal connection with the country’s conservation.