Thursday, June 30, 2022

Hello, and welcome to my website! 

My name is Thalassa (Thuh-LASS-uh). 
I'm a mermaid living in Provo, Utah.
I work with the Silver Sand Sirens.



Please use the links on the right to navigate the site. 

Feel free to enjoy the pictures on the site, please do not use them without permission. All pictures are posted with permission or with the subjects' privacy in mind.

Have fun exploring the site!


Thursday, June 5, 2014

Big News!

I am excited to announce that I have started a mermaid performance company! The group of mermaids I have been swimming with and I have decided to make it official. We are called the Silver Sand Sirens and are available for hire individually, in small groups or as a group of 5.

We debuted officially at the Utah Renaissance Festival and Fantasy Faire in May 2014.

The girls I work with have amazing strengths that compliment my own, and we get along (pardon the pun) swimmingly!

Check out www.sirens.com for more info.

Monday, December 31, 2012

2012: A Big Year

It's nearly the end of 2012 (or to some of my non-US readers, it's already 2013). This year has been a big one for me! Take a look:

To read more about my 2012 adventures, as well as some goals for next year, visit http://thalassastale.blogspot.com/2012/12/2012-big-year.html

Hope to swim with you more next year!



Thursday, November 22, 2012

We Made It!


The fundraising for my hypoallergenic silicone tail is complete! Thank you to everyone who donated, re-posted, shared, begged, cajoled, and threatened on my behalf. ;-) Your generosity will open new places to this mermaid. An extra-special thank you to Calvin Jones for his help with the fundraising.  I will be updating periodically with news on my new tail, so stay tuned.

THANK YOU!


Friday, November 2, 2012

The Road Home


On November 2 I had the opportunity to volunteer at The Road Home. Mermaid Lei Loni had arranged for an event and asked for more volunteers. I was so excited to do this!

The day of the event, my mertender and I snagged a couple of pirates and headed to The Road Home. We met the rest of our group in the back office area of the shelter. We all had fun chatting as people clustered in the doorway trying to get a look at us.

Our Group in the Playroom.
From left to right: Captain Jake, Nick, Koral, Thalassa, Gawain (mertender), Janelle, Lei Loni.
When it was time to start my mertender carried me to the playroom. It wasn't my first time in a shelter, but it's always hard to see the conditions these people live in. The rows of cots, items which are likely everything they own piled on these little beds. I kept trying to lift my tail to make sure I didn't hit anything or anyone. A few children were following me and asking questions, I did my best to answer them over my mertender's shoulder. I could already tell this would be a lot of fun.

We arrived at the playroom, and set up. The next hour or so was a blur of children, handing out shells, and answering questions. The children were amazingly polite, many of them thanking us and watching carefully to be sure they didn't tread on our tails. I was "attacked" for a bit by little humans who wanted to tickle my fluke, they love how I giggle. I marveled at toes that moved separately from each other, learned about foot-coverings called "shoes," and was pleasantly flummoxed by a method of hair-weaving called a "braid."

These children were so...amazing. Doing things like this always reinforces the fact that kids are kids, no matter where they grow up. They're all kids trying to do their best. I had a wonderful time doing this, and I can't wait to participate in more events like this one at The Road Home.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Utah Pirate Festival 2012

The Mermaids are captured by Jack Sparrow and the Dread Captain Roberts
I had a fantastic time at the Utah Pirate Festival this year! I met some new mer-sisters (Mermaid Dottie and the Mermaids of the Great Salt Lake), made some pirate friends, and got to hand out treasure to a lot of little humans.

The Utah Pirate Festival 2012 took place on Sept. 14-15 at the Willard Bay South Marina. The water was cold, and a little murky, but my mersisters and I had a good time swimming. Captain Jack Sparrow let me sit on his Pearl, and later my mer-sisters and the pirates helped me to the water once on Friday and twice on Saturday. They kept me wet in a little pool and by dumping buckets of water on me. Some of the little humans that stopped by were great at helping me by spraying my tail.

All in all, I had a great time and I plan on coming to this festival again!


Saturday, August 4, 2012

A Letter from Thalassa



(NOTE: At the moment, I'm using Paypal because I can't find a way to make Google Checkout let the user specify how much they pay. They have a donations button but it's only for non-profit organizations. You do not have to have a paypal account to use the paypal donation button!)

Dear friends,

I have been thinking for some time about upgrading my tail to a silicone model. The reason I want to do this is twofold:

1) Hypoallergenic -- My current tail has a layer of latex to make the scales. I am aware that some children (and adults) have severe latex allergies, and I worry constantly that my tail will come into contact with them unawares. I don't want anyone getting sick because of my tail! Having latex in my tail also means that I cannot perform in hospitals or clinics because many of them ban latex (due to allergies). I very much want some day to be able to volunteer in these places. These are places that could use a little mermaid cheer!

2) Durable -- Living in the middle of a desert as I do, I do a lot of dry events, and most pools I swim in are 5 feet deep at most. This means my tail is constantly coming into contact with rocks, pool bottoms, cement, and many other rough surfaces. This is very bad for a latex tail! To quote the maker of my tail, "Cement is like kryptonite to your tail." Silicone tails, on the other hand, are a lot more durable when it comes to rough surfaces, and having a silicone tail would enable me to not worry as much about my tail being handled roughly or stepped on.

A silicone tail costs about $3400. It's a real investment! My goal is to earn $4,000 to provide for silicone care materials as well as the tail.

Please help me reach my goal of a new tail! Every little amount helps out, even if it's only a few dollars.

As an incentive, I have come up with a tier rewards system:

If you donate:

$5 -- I will send you a hand-signed thank you note
$20 -- I will send you a hand-signed thank you note and photograph, and publicly thank you on my facebook page.
$50 -- Hand signed note, public facebook thank you, link on facebook to your web site or facebook page/event
$100 -- Hand signed note, public facebook thank you, link on facebook, 20% off Thalassa appearance (must be in Utah to apply) OR a free "I Believe in Mermaids" tee shirt.

Donate via paypal (you do not need a paypal account use it). Check out the progress above, too!

Thank you for your fin-tastic support!