Do mermaids really exist? They do in the folklore of many world cultures throughout history. The first recorded mermaid stories date toe the Assyrians in about 1000 BC. The Sirens of Greek mythology were similar to the modern concept of a mermaid. Mermaids were often seen as omens of death or other misfortune, sometimes overtly telling humans that a storm or disaster was imminent. Occasionally they are benign or helpful.
The logs of early seafaring explorers and pirates such as Christopher Columbus and Blackbeard mention sightings of "female forms" in coastal waters. Modern biologists believe that what they actually saw were manatees or dugongs, large marine mammals with broad, flat tails and no dorsal fins.
Probably the best-known mermaid tale is the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale "The Little Mermaid," made into an animated feature in 1989 by Disney. Ariel wants to be part of the human world, while her friends and family tell her she should be satisfied with her life under the sea. She obtains a charm from the evil sea witch, Ursula, that lets her become human for three days, but at a tremendous price--her beautiful singing voice. If she can receive the "kiss of true love" from Prince Eric within that time, she will be able to remain human. If not, she returns to the sea as a mermaid under Ursula's control. Ursula, of course, doesn't play fair and almost succeeds in preventing Ariel's happy ending. But true love ultimately conquers all, and Ursula is vanquished.
You or your daughter can become Ariel in one of our Little Mermaid costumes. And we also have a costume for your Prince. Re-create the magical kingdom under the sea!