During the screenings of ‘A Plastic Ocean’ at Bristol Aquarium, I couldn’t help but notice, they had an in-house mermaid … The next month, I was a real mermaid!
Not any ol’ mermaid, but Shell, an Aussie mermaid with a message …
I dug out my Aussie accent, which even had the parents fooled! And kept in character of a real mermaid the whole time.
When children asked where Shell was from I was able to show them on a globe I had taken. The East Coast of Australia. Asked how she got to Bristol, well she was entangled in plastic … I showed them how the oceans are connected and how drifted all the way until I washed up on a Devon beach. Shell was lucky and being looked after. I told stories of mermaids, and how fish are my friends, so when asked (what I ate was the most popular question!) of course Shell the mermaid doesn’t eat them! There’s no need, with the ambulance of plants in the oceans.
It was a fun way to spend a half term. Though it was a lot of time sat on a rock!
How was I a PALL mermaid you may wonder ….
- The outfit was another mermaids who lived there
- The hair, no it’s not mine! I got second-hand on ebay
- The make up I borrowed from my house mate
- The jewellery I picked up at charity shops
Even a mermaid can be PALL!
Perhaps Shell the Mermaid with a Message sowed a seed or two … Many parents hadn’t heard of plastic in the oceans, and many had no idea how big the pacific is.
I hope some came away with a little more knowledge of our oceans, as well as a selfie with a real mermaid!
Remember, every refusal adds up.