One never knows when a bit of marine magic'll happen and they'll suddenly encounter a mermaid.
True, true: If you happen to be Peter Pan's Flight in Disneyland or at Ariel's Undersea Adventure at Disney California Adventure, you shall encounter the famous humans-with-fishtails of lore and legend. Do they also frequent certain rocky outcroppings around Catalina Island or the Channel Islands? Perhaps on moon-bright nights, when the flying fish are in season.
But you'll absolutely see a mermaid if you happen to visit the Aquarium of the Pacific in honor of its 17th birthday. The Long Beach aquarium has invited Mermaid Linden to stop by -- er, swim by, would be more correct -- in honor of the special occasion.
That occasion will be marked on Saturday, June 20, and Mermaid Linden will appear around 3:30 p.m. in the Tropical Pacific Gallery. Not just sitting, mind you, and singing or watching the horizon or doing the things that popular culture tells us mermaids do.
She'll "take a dive" into the 350,000-gallon tank, a tank that includes blacktip reef sharks, groupers, clownfish, sea dragons, and loads of lovely coral.
Wait... Clownfish? Do you suppose Mermaid Linden knows Nemo? Surely, right?
The special guest will also appear outside of the large tank to talk about her line of Mermaid Monofins -- yep, kids can wear them -- and stop for sea-sweet photographs with mermaid mavens visiting the institution.
Be sure to also say hello to the jellies, which are some of the surreal, outer-space-y superstars of the Aquarium of the Pacific's summer program. The Jellies exhibit is large, but a first stop, right inside the aquarium's front doors, to touch a moon jellyfish, is a must.
Yes, we said "touch." The moon jellies have the smoothest of backs and the most docile of behaviors. There are a lot in the touch tank, too, so roll your sleeve up, stretch your fingers, and dip your digits in for a gentle back-brush.