The Last Japanese Mermaids 

For nearly two thousand years, Japanese women living in coastal fishing villages made a remarkable livelihood hunting the ocean for oysters and abalone, a sea snail that produces pearls. They are known as Ama. The few women left still make their living by filling their lungs with air and diving for long periods of time deep into the Pacific ocean, with nothing more than a mask and flippers.

In the mid 20th century, Iwase Yoshiyuki returned to the fishing village where he grew up and photographed these women when the unusual profession was still very much alive. After graduating from law school, Yoshiyuki had been given an early Kodak camera and found himself drawn to the ancient tradition of the ama divers in his hometown. His photographs are thought to be the only comprehensive documentation of the near-extinct tradition in existence

Zoe Moore as the Little Mermaid, Undine in  ”Die kleine Meerjungfrau” (2013)

Zoe Moore as the Little Mermaid, Undine in  ”Die kleine Meerjungfrau” (2013)


New stills from The Little Mermaid (“Die Kleine Meerjungfrau”, Germany, 2013)

Tagged as: #mako mermaids


Nixie’s Underwater Scenes in "Dolphin Tail" (1x06)
(Part One, Part Two, Part Three)

Requested by anonymous.


Some cleaned up illustrations/prints from my current mermaid themed project. Monoprints and experiments on bristol board :)


Hipocampo for the Beauty and the Myth card set, you can preorder them here!

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