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Mermaid Nerds Share The Differences Between Different Kinds Of Mermaids

Mermaids are easily one of the most spellbinding fantasy creatures ever. They've held a place in people's imaginations for centuries and there really isn't any sign of that stopping any time soon. They inspire trends all over the place, like those mermaid pillows covered in reversible sequins or mermaid hair. There was a mermaid "documentary" not too long ago that talked about mermaids from a zoological perspective and people were really into it. Maybe that's what inspired this reddit user to ask:

What do you think would be the major differences between a freshwater mermaid and a saltwater mermaid?

Honestly, a lot of the answers were really insightful and well thought out! And a lot were... um ... not that. We grabbed 20 of our favorites for you guys to read.

A Lot Of Blubber

Both would have to have a lot of blubber, like manatees, so forget Ariel. Freshwater would probably be very dark with spots to blend in with murky water (like trout), whereas salt water would probably be light/blue to blend in with the ocean (like whales).

Variance

Saltwater mermaids would show more variance in color and fish shape do to the large habitat (think shark mermaids, clownfish mermaids, lion-fish mermaids, etc), better suited for combat on account of the oceans many predators, and have more worldly knowledge on account of having access to every major coastal city.

Freshwater mermaids would be a bit duller and look similar to other mermaids in the same lake but radically different from mermaids of other lakes. They'd suited for camouflage on account of having to survive in a small space in close to humans. They'd be much more timid that your saltwater mermaid.

If They Breathe Air...

I wouldn't think there'd be any difference if mermaids breathe air. They wouldn't have to worry about the whole osmotic balance thing the way a critter with gills would. They'd be more like whales - could go from fresh to brackish to salt water without any real issues.

Amazonian Women

Strength.

In the open ocean, a lot of the time you can just swim around an obstacle. In a river, you'd have to be able to scarvel up waterfalls or hold position against the current, unless you're in a pool or slower river.

Colour.

A lot of and lakes rivers are dark or murky. I'd imagine a freshwater mermaids would have a darker complexion, and a tail similar to that of a freshwater Arctic charr, a mottled black/brown back with a redder belly. They'd probably have brown or black hair.

Air Tolerant

Due to the nature of the water cycle and their size, a freshwater mermaid would need to be able to spend periods of time out of water, either looking for a new water body to live in, or in shallow or stagnant water.

Verdict

A freshwater mermaid would look something like an amazonian woman with an arapaima-like tail.

Different Hairstyles

Saltwater mermaid is quick, lively, colorful, and mischievous. Her bright hair tangles around her and her scales are reflective. They are fascinated with the open sky. Can often be found playing on rocks at the surface of the water.

Freshwater mermaid is slow, reserved, monochromatic, and tends to go with the flow. Her dark hair rests at her shoulders and her scales are dull. They are uninterested in surface surroundings. Can often be found browsing for food along river bottoms.

Mississippi Mermaids

I think there would be more diversity among freshwater mermaids. Like a Mississippi River mermaid is probably a little rough and jaded, while maybe a Lake Tahoe mermaid is not.

Billy Bass

Well, there would be a freshwater mermaid version of the Billy Bass.

Pointy Fins

Probably in their tails; a Freshwater mermaid would have gentle fins, not sharp or pointy. A saltwater mermaid would have pointy/sharp fins instead like for speed and agility.

Size Matters

Salties generally have more room to swim in than freshies (the ocean opposed to a river or lake) so would probably end up much bigger!

Majestic Betta Fish

Freshwater are majestic like beta fish, salt water look like the hell spawn that show up on Google images when you search for real mermaid pictures.

Catfish And Corvinas

Catfish do not taste the same as corvinas, and you know it ma'am.

Brackish

When Freshies act all Salty, they're called Brackish.

Beachy Curls

Saltwater mermaid would definitely have the most amazing curly hair from all that salt. My Mam literally fills up a bottle with water from the sea to spray on her hair.

Like Salmon

I've always seen freshwater mermaids as kind of like salmon, slow, a little ugly, and lays eggs. Saltwater mermaids would be much more predatory, vertical fin, maybe even a dorsal fin, and would probably breed like sharks where the eggs hatch inside the body of the mother.

Confederate Flag Bikinis

I actually had an idea once for a TV show called River Mermaids where they'd all live on rivers in the Appalachian mountains.

Wine And Sea Food

The flavor and wine pairing. I would go with a Chardonnay on fresh and a Riesling on salt.

Flipping Bodies

Freshwater: person on top fish on bottom

Saltwater: fish on top person on bottom

Luring Cocky Hikers

The existence of a freshwater mermaid is a common fallacy. It is actually a brackish-water mermaid that can adapt to both salt and fresh water environments. This species is smaller in size than the open-sea mermaid, and its skin is more pinkish in color, but otherwise share general characteristics and split from a common ancestor about 60,000 years ago.

Also, instead of luring tired sailors into shipwrecks, they lure cocky hikers and backpackers into rocky rivers with strong currents and unpredictable drops.

"Hates Chickens"

Freshwater mermaid: Pretty, but in a slightly mildew-y way. She's into pranks like grabbing your leg as you swim through a bunch of pond seaweed. Freshwater mermaid is also into grunge pop, the shark tooth necklace you lost last summer, The Gilmore Girls revival and is a lowkey freak.

Saltwater Mermaid: Rides sharks for fun. Lures sailors to shipwreck for fun. Has a seaweed garden for fun. Tames seagulls for fun. Hates chickens.

H/T: Reddit

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Now that college has become a standard requirement for so many jobs and careers, there is a massive push by high schools to get their graduating students accepted and enrolled at an undergraduate college.

On the whole, that's undoubtedly a great thing. A more educated workforce will be prepared to solve the most complex issues facing human beings in the next several decades.

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*The following article contains discussion of suicide/self-harm.

The person on the other end of a 911 call has a truly remarkable job.

For those who don't play that professional role, we hope to never encounter the 911 call interaction. But if we do find ourselves making that call, the moment is an anomaly in our lives.

The chaos, the panic, the racing heart, and the desperation are all emotions we, ideally, don't experience on a regular basis.

But for the operator on the other end, our call is one in a long line of calls they've received all day, and all the workdays before that one.

It's difficult to imagine being embedded in those uniquely urgent, emergency moments all the time.

Some Redditors who are on the other end of that call shared their experiences on the job.

WhimsicalxxButcher asked, "911 dispatchers what has been your most creepy/unnerving call?"

For a few, the most unnerving moments were the calm callers.

There was something just so eerie about how level-headed the faceless human being on the other end could be through such a desperate, tragic moment.

Almost Clinical 

"I had a friend who worked as a 911 dispatcher and he always said the worst call he ever had was a ~20 year old kid who committed suicide by mixing a bunch of chemicals together in his car to produce hydrogen sulfide gas."

"He said that the most unnerving part was hearing him calmly listing off the chemicals, the type of gas produced, and the effects of hydrogen sulfide on the body (namely the almost instant death it causes at high concentrations)."

"He ended the call by providing the address of the parking lot he was in and saying that nobody should approach the vehicle without hazmat equipment."

"Apparently after that there was a whooshing sound as he dumped the last chemical into the mix, and then the line went dead silent aside for a quiet fizzing noise."

"I know that call screwed him up because he almost never talks about stuff that happens to him on the job. He quit a few months later to go into construction management, and frankly I can't blame him."

-- iunoyou

Planned Out 

"A woman called me, saying she was going to kill herself. She was gassing herself. Gave me her name & address then said she was just going to lie down and 'go to sleep.' And stopped responding to me."

"I kept the line open, trying to get her to speak to me, and eventually heard officers forcing their way in to find her body. I guess she just wanted someone to find her body."

-- mozgw4

Before It Set In 

"When I got a call from a 6 year old who got home from school and laid down to take a nap with his dad. His dad never woke up."

"The kid was so calm when calling it broke my heart."

"I ended up leaving dispatch shortly after. I was good at compartmentalizing the job for the year I was doing it, but it would've broken me in the long run."

-- tasha7712

Other 911 operators were unfortunate enough to receive a call from the very last person they wanted to hear from: a loved one.

These dispatchers' unique position gave them the unexpected access to a family member or friend at their most dire moments.

No More of That 

"My family member is a long time first responder, and 'retired' into doing dispatch. He heard the address (someone else was taking the call) and realized it was his daughter's house."

"He rushed over there just in time to see them wheeling her body out. Overdose."

"Five months later, he was called to his ex-wife's place because his grandson (son of the daughter who recently passed) had his door locked, lights on, but wasn't responding to his grandma."

"He broke the door down and found him deceased in bed. Overdose."

"He's very stoic after years of all sorts of traumatic situations but my heart hurts whenever I think of what all of this must have felt like. Like sand through your fingers."

-- bitchyhouseplant

Knowing the Address

"Not me, but my grandma. I was sitting in the dispatch office, (very small one only 2 dispatchers including my grandma) but she put out a dispatch that there was a gun shot from my best friends address."

"My heart sank to my stomach and broke later that day. He committed suicide."

-- OntaiSenpuu

When it Happened 

"My uncle passing away. Worked as a small town dispatcher for a year or so. Had a bunch of messed up stuff happen on shift, but this call came in in the still hours of the night. Small town, so not many calls after midnight."

"I answered and recognized the name and address on caller id. Aunt was in a frenzy so didn't recognize my voice. I remained calm and got ems and fire rolling to them, but by my aunt's own words he was already blue."

"I went thru debriefing and mandated therapy for a couple other things that happened, but never really talked to anyone about this. I just try not to think about it."

"That was the call I figured out I needed to find a different job."

-- dangitjon

Finally, some simply had a front row seat to sudden tragedy.

These operators were flies on the wall when disaster struck. They never asked to witness what they witnessed, but sometimes that came with the territory.

A Holiday Tragedy 

"My mom is a 911 dispatcher. Early on she said one Christmas Eve while working she got a call from an elderly lady who's husband had just collapsed(and died) from a heart attack and in the background Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas music was playing on blast."

"The lady was screaming and crying and begging for her husband to wake up but my mom could hear his gurgling in his last breathes. She doesn't listen to or watch Alvin and the chipmunks since."

-- Blueflowerbluehair

What is it About Christmas?

"Christmas night. 911 call with crying child on the other end. A neighbor had run her car over her mom during a domestic."

"The mom crawled to the porch bleeding and the child saw the car coming back. I had her hide quietly in a closet with the cordless phone."

"The 10 year old child was crying and screamed that she hated Christmas. She was afraid of the police when they got there."

"I kept her on the phone until she felt safe enough to give the phone to an officer. I almost fainted after that call was over. Had nightmares for a while."

-- 2FunBoofer

Close to Home 

"Not a dispatcher but I handle radio communications for the Coast Guard. One night I was on the radio and got a call from an 11 year old kid whose boat had started to sink. He was out with his dad and 6 year old brother."

"They had been hit by another boat and his father got knocked unconscious. I remember the entire conversation up until the radio had gone underwater."

"They ended up finding his dad floating on his back alive but the two boys didn't make it. That one really fu**ed with me because my two littlest brothers were around the same age as the youngest."

-- HIRSH2243

A Horrible Clock 

"Another one that stays with me was the man who called in. It was the anniversary of his adult son having hanged himself. He'd now come home to find his wife had done the same."

"That date is always going to be a black day for him."

-- mozgw4


If you or someone you know is struggling, you can contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

To find help outside the United States, the International Association for Suicide Prevention has resources available at https://www.iasp.info/resources/Crisis_Centres/

Again, we hope you never have to use the 911 call in your life. Nobody wants to be involved in a sudden emergency or a tragic incident.

But hopefully, if you do, an operator like one of these thoughtful, sensitive Redditors is on the other end.

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