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    Mermaids Mermaids Presentation Transcript

    • What is a mermaid? A mermaid is a fictional aquatic creature with the upper body of a female human and the tail of a fish.
    • What is a mermaid? The word mermaid comes from the French word ‘mer’ which means sea and ‘maid’ which is a young girl.
    • What is a mermaid? A male version of a mermaid is a merman. In mythology, they have been said to sink ships by summoning great storms, but also said to be wise teachers.
    • What is a mermaid? Although some mermaids are described as monstrous and ugly, they are more usually very beautiful. Above the waist they appear as a lovely young woman, whilst from the waist down, they are like a fish
    • Are mermaids real? Tales of mermaids have their beginnings in sightings of manatees, aquatic mammals that may resemble humans from a distance. The way that manatees carry their young, in particular, is said to resemble the way a human mother holds her child. Manatees often sun themselves on rocks, much as mermaids do in many accounts. Alternatively, seaweed may have given rise to mermaid legends, as it could have seemed to sailors like a mermaid's long
    • The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid is a well known fairy tale by the Danish author Hans Christian Andersen about a young mermaid willing to give up her life in the sea and her identity as a mermaid to gain a human soul and the love of a human prince. The tale was first published in 1837 and has been adapted to various media including musical theatre and animated film.
    • The Little Mermaid
    • The Little Mermaid A statue of the Little Mermaid sits on a rock in the Copenhagen harbour in Langelinie. This small and unimposing statue is a Copenhagen icon and a major tourist attraction. In the Disney version of The Little Mermaid when Ariel is sitting on top of the rock looking longingly at Prince Eric, she is in exactly the same position that the